This is by far my favorite ATM album (I own them all). They still manage to write great catchy songs and keep their unique sense of humor wrapped around every lyric. The album starts off with probably the best song on the album. The lyrics revolve around board games, video games, and schoolyard games. The chorus is an instant classic, "You've been play games right from the start / Your battleship is blowing me apart, yeah! / You've been playing Clue right from the start / it's my up in your bedroom / the weapon is your heart." (Now how can you not love that?)
"Pink Eye", "So When Did Everyone in a Band Become Such a Hairfarmer?", and "I.G.C." are probably my favorite songs. "Pink Eye" is a sad song that has also Alkaline Trio* type lyrics, dark and depressing, but it still have such a fun pop-punk taste to it. "...and I don't talk to anyone / and I haven't told anybody else, since that night that I told you / There's demons swimming in my head. / So many that they turn both my eyes red / but I’m such a coward that they turn them pink instead."
"...Hairfarmer" has one of the funniest and most clever lyrics I’ve ever heard in a song; "God is love, and love is dumb, and I am dumb, so I am God" it's pop-punk catchiness, clever lyrics, and unique style make this such a fun album.
If you've heard ATM before, this is their finest hour. If you want to buy your first ATM album, buy this!! I haven't put this down since I got it. Sadly ATM broke up a month or so ago, I would really have liked to hear them if they continued on the path this album took, it would be incredible. But all good things must come to an end.
If you like Alkaline Trio, (older)** blink-182, Green Day, or the Smoking Popes, definitely look into ATM, they are one of my favorite bands. Thanks for reading my review.
* -note- If you Alkaline Trio fans get mad for me comparing those lyrics to them, i'm sorry. It was just the similar band I could think of at the time. And ATM likes Alkaline Trio, it's okay.
** -note- I have nothing against new blink-182. I am a fan both old and new blink-182 material. but the style of older blink is much more like ATM, so that's why I made the '(older)' caption.
I saw Amazing Transparent Man in Milwaukee with Mest and Welton, and I was blown away, they sound like a mix between Blink 182 and alkaline trio, the first Song International Gammers Commitee is in my opinion the best song on the CD. If you like bands like Blink 182 or Green Day with snotty vocals and catchy hooks, you'll pobably like A.T.M. This band proves that Pop Punk is more than Just a fad.