Review – Four Year Strong – Explains It All Sunday, Jul 26 2009 

As a musician, I know the power held within playing cover songs. I play them to pay homage to the artists who have inspired me, as well as to show fans what kinds of bands I want to associate myself with. Although the Punk Goes… series has tarnished the point of cover songs a little, I still enjoy listening to them just as much as I love playing them. With that in mind, I checked out Four Year Strong’s new album Explains It All, which is composed entirely of covers.

First of all, I do not expected Four Year Strong to be able to replicate the original versions of these songs. The success of this record relies solely on how well Four Year Strong is able to translate the songs into their sugar sweet pop-punk sound. Wisely, this album takes very few risks in its choice of songs, with Alanis Morrissette’s “Ironic” being the only out-of-place song (which, unsurprisingly, does not work when converted into a pop-punk song). “So Much For the Afterglow” and “She’s So High” provide the two peaks of the record, forming a V whose low point is, easily, a messy cover of No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs”. Aside from that, Explains It All will be an interesting listen for anyone who is a fan of Four Year Strong and will, hopefully, encourage them to seek out the works of the bands covered here, such as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Third Eye Blind.

Released: July 21st, 2009
Overall rating: 6.0/10

Four Year Strong Keep It Classic Tuesday, Jul 21 2009 

http://fouryearstrong.angelfire.com

Yup. That is the band’s new website. You can’t help but appreciate the classics.