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Up in the Attic
Alien Ant Farm
Up in the Attic
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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All Artists: Alien Ant Farm
Title: Up in the Attic
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: New Door Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 7/18/2006
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: American Alternative, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 602498571491, 0602498571491

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Fourth Draft?
Andrew Estes | Maine | 07/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In 2005, Alien Ant Farm got together to record their third proper album with new guitartist Joe Hill (replacing Terry Corso, who joined Powerman 5000) in tow, and with Incubus-producer Jim Wirt calling the shots. That album became "Third Draft," which unforunately didn't see the light of day in '05, mainly due to a fallout with Geffen Records. Well, Alien Ant Farm are back once again with a new album, "Up In The Attic," on a new record label, and with a new bassist as well.

Well, "Third Draft" fans might be a bit disappointed to find that "Up In The Attic" is, save for one new song, the exact same thing. Not that it's a bad thing. "Third Draft" is/was a tough album to come by, and it's great, but for those who do have it, this release is a bit bland, especially considering the new track, "Forgive And Forget," really isn't all that special. Regardless of what you call the album, it's definitely up there as some of Alien Ant Farm's best material. Basically, it's a combination of the slickness of "ANThology" and the experimentation of "TruANT." "Around The Block" is this album's "Movies," while "Lord Knows" and "Crickets" show the more laid-back, funky style of the previous album. "She's Only Evil" is probably the best of the album. A mainly acoustic, chilled out catchy little song that closes out the album beautifully.

"Up In The Attic," or "Third Draft," may not be adding anything new to the band's sound, but it's a solid effort that confirms they still have relevancy, long after their "One-Hit-Wonder" status has faded. It's also an album worth hearing, as it is the last recorded with original bassist, Tye Zamora, who pulled a Rivers Cuomo, in leaving rock for college. Tye was a big part of the AAF sound, so this last round is something all fans need to hear. In fact, this is really an album anyone who likes Alien Ant Farm can appreciate."
Supreme and Underrated
W. Head | Dallas, TX | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album, like their other two before it, is amazing. Artistically it may not match ANThology, but all of their albums are entertaining and enjoyable. I don't think they play a bad song. I would like to voice that Smooth Criminal is probably their worst, I don't understand why it is so loved. Maybe because it's familiar. Anyway, this is the most underrated band in the world. Majority of people don't know them outside of Smooth Criminal which hurts my soul. Listen to Movies. That's one of the greatest songs ever recorded. If that deosn't get you singing or moving you're probably dead."
Solid and consistent album
George Dionne | Cape Cod, MA | 02/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Good
" Bad Morning" is a driving anthem for those that can't stand hearing the morning alarm go off. You can't ignore the pounding drums and catchy chorus of "Forgive and Forget." "Around the Block" has infectious riffs and a fetching cowbell beat. That's right, cowbell. Vocalist Dryden Mitchell's chorus section is melodic and hook laden. "San Sebastian" uses muted riffs and blazing guitar licks to draw you in. Meaty riffs and a simple yet effective hook dominate "Getting Closer." Mitchell displays his best vocal performance here as he delivers with lots of heart and emotion. Acoustic, country style guitars with a modern rock twist help lead "Crickets." "State of Emergency" is loaded with thunderous drum beats and fiery guitar runs. "She's Only Evil" is a moving ballad about the negative aspects of a sour relationship. It either has a bombastic ending, or there's a bonus instrumental stuck in there.

The Bad
Nothing notable

The Verdict
Alien Ant Farm deliver a solid and consistent album with Up in the Attic. Their only obstacle is an industry that uses and disposes of bands like them.