ALL – Allroy’s Revenge LP 1989. - Cruz Records. Allroy’s Revenge is the second full length album by ALL and the first with Scott Reynolds as a singer who is my favorite ALL vocalist. This is also my favorite ALL album, everything is perfect here and there are so many great songs on this record. Although I’m not one of those: “Oh, I like Descendents better than ALL, boo fucking hoo”, I can’t hide the feeling that on this record ALL sounds the closest to Descendents than on any other ALL record. And there is some charm in that fact. There are even two songs on the album written by Tony Lombardo, the original Descendents bass player. The album is mostly consisted of pure pop punk songs unlike some experimental tunes like on some other ALL records. I totally love Scott’s vocals and how he approaches the songs, no matter if they are pop punk or some more weird stuff, he absolutely rips. The instrumental part of ALL which are of course: Bill, Stephen and Karl, they are so friggin tight that you just feel the musical chemistry between these three dudes. Everyone probably knows She’s My Ex song which is an ALL-time (pun intended, haha!) classic, but you must not neglect the rest of the songs like: Fool, Mary, Scary Sad, Box, Gnutheme or Carnage. The last mentioned song is on the CD and tape versions and unfortunately not on the vinyl version. Also can’t forget “Crazy?” song which is on the B side of She’s My Ex single and is an essential ALL song.
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