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Album: Hard Rock Bottom
# Song Title   Time
1)    Feels Like Home
2)    International You Day
3)    Pre-Medicated Murder
4)    Dumb Reminders
5)    Any Number Can Play
6)    Friends of the Enemy
7)    Angela
8)    Let Me Down
9)    This Is a Rebel Song
10)    Solitaire
11)    Undefeated
12)    Insecurity Alert
13)    Nailed Shut
 

Album: Hard Rock Bottom
# Song Title   Time
1)    Feels Like Home
2)    International You Day
3)    Pre-Medicated Murder
4)    Dumb Reminders
5)    Any Number Can Play
6)    Friends of the Enemy
7)    Angela
8)    Let Me Down
9)    This Is a Rebel Song
10)    Solitaire
11)    Undefeated
12)    Insecurity Alert
13)    Nailed Shut
 
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  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • No Use For A Name: Rory Koff, Tony Sly, Dave Nassie, Matt Riddle.
  • Recorded in January 2002.
  • No Use for a Name has built its reputation on a solid foundation of hard-hitting punk, flooding its songs with melodies and fueling them with signature stop-start rhythms that thunder across the grooves, come to an abrupt halt, then pound off again in hyperdrive. Thus, it's a bit of a shock to find Hard Rock Bottom opening with a brief acoustic number, and although nothing else clocks in at this dawdling pace, a handful of mid-tempo numbers are scattered about as well. Equally startling is a cover of Sin‚ad O'Connor's "This Is a Rebel Song," a pusillanimous duet between Tony Sly and guesting chanteuse Karina Denike. While the Pogues long ago proved that Irish drinking songs were part and parcel of punk, what of violins and cellos? Not only do they add to the bitter atmosphere of "Rebel," but they positively swan their way around many of the songs' intros and middle breaks. However, with Ryan Greene in the producer's chair there's no need for concern; he keeps the sound pumping and the music kicking, with the strings merely creating melancholy and bittersweet atmospheres for the band to punch its way out of. After seven records, it's encouraging to see NUFAN taking chances and broadening its style somewhat, and there are still plenty of punchy numbers to keep the hardcore constituency happy -- driving songs like "Undefeated," "Dumb Reminders," and the anthemic "International You Day." Lead guitarist Dave Nassie positively shines throughout this set; from the searing leads on "Angela" through the pretty riff that opens "Nailed Shut" and the Who-esque power chords of "Any Number Can Play," he always has intriguing musical twists to contribute. As always, the powerhouse rhythm section keeps things slamming along underneath, while Sly keeps the emotions boiling throughout. NUFAN has never stood still, and Hard Rock Bottom finds the band pushing forward as forcibly as ever. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (8/02, p.78) - 6 out of 10 - "...Pop-punk that sounds as wide-eyed and innocent an that of the youngest Drive-Thru Records bands. Credit plaintive vocals, guaranteed to induce more teeny-boppers swooning than New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik..."
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