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.