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American Hi-Fi - The art of losing

Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2003
Label: Island Records
Genre: Power Pop
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We have been waiting for this
new album since mid-fall 2002
when we first heard the release
would be.
It was meant to be called
"Beautiful disaster" first but was
changed to "The art of losing"
instead and I can understand
why when you think about all
disasters lately.
They had quite a hit with "Flavor
of the week" from the debut and
the whole album was a nice
package of powerpop stuff.
"Safer on the outside" was
a major fave that year so when
American HiFi?s new album
finally is released now,I am
pretty pleased....but the smile
on my face got stuck in
the throat!
They have done like what
so many other bands do,
go more modern punkish
a la Blink 182 and Sum 41
but with more English
punk sounding.
The title track and first
single "The art of losing"
echoes out The Clash
and "Break up sons"
sounds like the early Police.
The powerpop groove is
gone with the wind.
Ofcourse it?s an OK album
but they have lost their
own personal style,now
American HiFi is just
like 36 other bands.
Are mediocre songs like
"Built for speed" and "Rise"
the best you could come
up with?!.....well,the anger
in the lyrics feels rather
lame and as honest as
a politician?s promise
before selectionday.

Tracklisting 1. The Art Of Losing
2. The Break Up Song
3. Beautiful Disaster
4. Save Me
5. Nothing Left To Lose
6. Teenage Alien Nation
7. Rise
8. This Is The Sound
9. The Gold Rush
10. Built For Speed
11. Happy


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