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Rise Against

Appeal To Reason (Ecopak)

Interscope B001190402

Released on October 7, 2008

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This is the limited ecopak version.

You can’t force artistry. True musical creations are typically launched via pure inspiration or serendipitous moments and ideas that are often baked to perfection through sheer work and dedication. Appeal To Reason was created when Rise Against simply engaged in their album making activity without over thinking and precisely planning every step. Their approach to this album like every other Rise Against album... no approach at all.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Collapse (Post-Amerika) Voted #1  20%
2 Long Forgotten Sons  3%
3 Re-Education (Through Labor) Voted #3  12%
4 The Dirt Whispered  10%
5 Kotov Syndrome  8%
6 From Heads Unworthy  4%
7 The Strength To Go On  3%
8 Audience Of One  4%
9 Entertainment  10%
10 Hero Of War Voted #2  13%
11 Savior  11%
12 Hairline Fracture  2%
13 Whereabouts Unknown  1%
Come back on or after Tuesday, October 7 to vote for your favorite songs

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Jeremy from Tigard, OR 
Nov 21 2008 Rating: 2/5 Stars

I have been a big RA fan since their 2nd release and this album was a big disappointment. Their last few releases were really good, but this one falls short. I pre-ordered this CD and have gave it until now to review it, so I'd be able to give it an honest review.

The production is amazing (recorded at the Blasting Room, so of course it sounds good), but the songs aren't really all that good. There are a few total winners, but the rest are weak versions of what their last few albums gave us. I just saw them live in Portland on Nov 8, 2008 and they were great live and pulled the songs together live. I guess the songs just don't feel as full of energy.

I would recommend checking out "Revolutions Per Minute," "Siren Song Of The Counter Culture" or "Sufferer & The Witness" before this record.

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Simon from Quebec City, PQ Canada 
Oct 31 2008 Rating: 4/5 Stars

The first time I hear this album I was dissapointed. Less punk in this one... but after a few listens, it still a really good album that every Rise Against fan will like!

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Jason from Dover, IL 
Oct 18 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

let me tell you all that rise against is and will always be one of my favorite bands for a few reasons. one being the message behind the lyrics. the tone has not changed from album to album. they still sing about the same meaningful issues they did years ago. another being the passion. fat wreck chords or major label, these guys have always kicked ass and they havent lost that passion that makes them one of the best bands to see live. this album is no exception. from start to finish it is charged with energy and fueled with unrelenting intensity. the lyrics and music still hit as hard as the used to 4 albums ago. great work by these guys. get it. savior and hero of war are the best in my opinion.

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Pete from Ventura, CA 
Oct 13 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

great album! no dissapointment here from rise's newest cd. great hooks and always great lyrics.

i also was able to get the free 7in which is awesome! great bootleg songs!

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Andrew from Greenwood Village, CO 
Oct 7 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Rise Against has come a long way. They have also been able to deliver great material album after album. Yeah, they have mellowed out a litte bit from their hard core punk times, but they have matured and have been able to deliver great music. Even though this isn't their best album, it is still really good.

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Mathew from Chicago, IL 
Oct 7 2008 Rating: 2/5 Stars

I had been following this album very closely hoping all the while for any new taste of whats to come. I first heard Re-Education and I had to let it grow on me. Eventually, I heard Collapse, Entertainment, and Whereabouts Unknown. These seemed like pretty solid tracks and I had high hopes for the rest of the album. Unfortunately, it did not fulfill them in the slightest.

For the most part, this could have just been a collection of B-Sides from the Sufferer and the Witness. However, that's not true because Rise Against has been notorious for leaving some of their best material to B-Sides. I am looking forward to the slew of unreleased songs that are sure to surface like they did the year following he latter mentioned album.

As far as this album, there is nothing new from the band. Its pretty much everything you've heard in the last two major label releases from them. There are a few solid tracks: 1, 3, 9, 13, a few alright ones: 2, 11, 12, and the rest are forgettable. I think the only thing that makes this album standout from recent efforts is a return to introspective songwriting. The sad thing is that it worked better with Everlasting, and I wasn't much of a fan of that album. I listened to the album at least 20 times or more since I've had it, but i think that was because i was hoping to find something to love about it every time. However, I came up short each time. The fast tempo punk songs are limited and have been done better before. The opening songs are good and towards the middle, you just get bored because there is nothing to keep your attention.

The acoustic song is pretty ridiculous too. In the punk community, it hasn't been uncommon to find a song sympathizing with the unfortunate young soldier and Hero of War is just one more offer in an overcrowded mix of far better songs. My brother and I concluded that the reason they pissed in the guys hands is because he picked up a jellyfish. Its risky for a major label band to delve so strongly into the political frontier, but bands like Anti-Flag and Rise Against are bringing political minded songs back into the main stream. Most punks are well aware that there are more scathing and better political albums to check out, so this album will most likely be passed on by those in the underground.

One of the best things that can be said about the album is the 7" that comes with the pre-order has a cover of Minor Threat on the B-Side. While this song has been covered into the ground already, its an awesome track that is hard to fuck up.

I'm hoping that there will be some level of redemption to this album when it's played live. I'll be seeing them on 11/21 and I am actually very excited. Rise Against has a stellar live show that I can only imagine is made more amazing by playing in their hometown.

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