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TypeReleasedRYM Rating Genres
ArtistJohnny Hobo and also the Freight Trains
Album
2005
3.24 / 5.00.5 from 135 ratings

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ryanisnotmexican Jun 08 2013 3.50 stars
This man was begging for an A.A. meeting. At least it was a lot more honest than 99% of people on this earth can put to music. It's prefer a god damn spider web, don't obtain yourself captured up in this mess.

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ubermenschean May 12 2012 1.50 stars
The singer is one of the worst I've ever heard, the lyrics are basically all the angsty cliches you've ever heard and also they are typically screamed at you amidst frantic acoustic guitar playing. I guess they want to capture the significance of the drifter, hobo way of living with this album yet rather they capture the entitled, whiny, teenage sentiment which simply doesn't carry out it for me. It prevents an even lower rating because I thought some of the instrumentation was enjoyable, also if the end product was finish shit.
Bum·en·vy (bŭm-ěn'vē) n. 1. The envy of the hobo lifestyle and the flexibility it entailsAllow me to expand upon the concept, Bumenvy is a term I coined for my very own desire to live as a Bum. There's a particular flexibility in the way of living, no attachments, no project, no obligation, no friends or family, no money, no life, no concern as to the state of society or ones own visibility, a finish true form of freedom. The principle likely sounds absurd to the majority of, but to me it seemed choose heaven. The grass is always greener. I've considering that offered up those dreams, however this album reminds me of them and also brings a smile to my confront. I never before imagined others shared my thoughts on the subject. I was under the impression it aligned through Buddhist and also to an extent Christian ideology, though it leaves bit room for philanthropy and also subservience. I see currently it only really aligns through my minimalist beliefs and was my inner Punk trying to express himself. Let's dispatch through this self-indulgence and also relocate on to the album shall we.Johnny Hobo and also the Freight Trains were a Do-it-Yourself Folk Punk act out of Vermont. Similar to most Folk Punk acts the instrumentation is mostly acoustic. The band was generally the brainkid of guitarist/vocalist Pat the Bunny and also is, as was my first paragraph, a self-indulgent endeavor. Lyrically this is much around Bumenvy, the principle of giving up society and hitting the roads, though similar it's a little more selfish than the go back to roots message the majority of Folk Punk bands tend to promote. Caught in the Act of Not Being Awesome is a live document of the bands brief existance. The live recording have the right to make for a little bit of a harsh listen, things are lost in the background and picking out certain sounds can prove difficult. The guitars are a little even more audible than the other instruments, however the lead vocals tend to be a small overbearing. Which is a small sad as they're one of the weaker facets of the music, being incredibly gritty and also more of a Punk shout than anything else. The low manufacturing is in line with the hobo design template of the album, I still think it would've benefited from a studio recording, yet I respect the DIY ethos, and also their adherence to it. Musically this isn't terribly complex, yet for it's intended purpose it's well composed sufficient. As well as the low production my just various other qualm is that this is a tiny on the short side and also can have benefited from a few extra tracks. Lyrically is where the album really shines for me. This is just one of those album that isn't made to be stupassed away, however just made to be fun and taken as such tbelow plenty to reap.While this album is a nice bit Folk Punk gem it isn't terribly original or brand-new, however nevertheless I have actually a personal fondness for it. I would recommended this to those dirty little Punks out there that are right into the DIY Acoustic Folk Punk scene, however the rest of the music scene most likely won't garner much out of this quaint little release.

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Whilst the songs present some signs of potential in a lo-fi ramshackle Mountain Goats type way, Johnny's voice damages it for me, finishing up painful to listen to at times.
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