The title of this album equates with my feelings on this release the instant the first track kicked in. How many times have my ears had to endure the sounds of a BLINK 182-esque band that clearly appeals to an age group of teen girls? The answer is to many damn times. This release is clearly geared to that group and unfortunately I am not a member of that group so I grow tired of the same dribble every time. The vocalist sounds like he fell out of line with a punk band and still had a lot of whining angst to get out. The first track “Life On Standby” even repeats some of the lyrics which was a verse, not a chorus and I feel that if that has to be done on the first track the rest of the album leaves much to be desired in terms of repetition.
The breakdowns that exist on this release are pretty cut and paste and how this effort reached my CD player I’d like to know because really there isn’t anything admirable in this CD or that I can say about HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS other than their production is of a high quality, which is why they still have something of a rating. The release might appeal to you if you’re a fan of pop-punk style Metalcore, other then that avoid it and spare your ears this “Silver Bullet” which will kill off any affinity for this band and others like it if you hear even 2 tracks off this release. It should have a warning. This has marketing potential, but unfortunately the sound leaves much to be desired for Metalheads at heart. If the band had actually taken time to “Speed Up The Octaves” for a solo or two, maybe I would have been a little more engaged. Ohio must be the only place where people love this album because I sure don’t. (Online October 26, 2004)