I started writing this review with the aim of submitting it to the site as a user review, but writer's block got in the way. I thought I'd post what I had done so far so you can read what I have done so far...also pretty much zero editing went into this as well...
Please enjoy, with the correct ap.net review formatting, my unfinished Rise Against review:
Rise Against – Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Release Date: August 10, 2004
Record Label: Geffen
With the 10 year anniversary of this album coming up, it’s only fitting that the album be revisited, and I guess the first thing to decide is whether it’s stood the test of time, and I personally think it has. It’s as relevant today as it was 10 years ago. Music doesn’t really need to stand tests of time anyway, if the music is good, it will stay good forever. It’s a matter of removing the hype from the release to determine to correct magnitude of the album, but in the case of Siren Song of the Counter Culture, you could argue that the hype hasn’t ended yet. It is still getting people comparing this album to new bands, and albums that are exploring the melodic hardcore-ish unique style that Rise Against has come to be known for.
“Life Less Frightening” is the first song I heard from Rise Against, and it has stuck with me as my personal all-time favourite Rise Against song, so much so I have, “I’d settle for a life less frightening” waiting to be tattooed on my right forearm. The aforementioned track comes in at track 3 on this album and still remains a corner stone for most people, even people who aren’t fans of the band, because it’s been featured on game soundtracks, in movies, TV shows, etc. Some people will listen to this and it has the strange sense of familiarity because of the fact that it’s everywhere, like, ev-er-y-where.
This album is a pillar for most fans. While their follow up in, “The Sufferer and the Witness” still gets the pass mark from fans, “Siren Song of the Counter Culture” is widely regarded as Rise Against’s last good album by long-time fans, but it is also not unusual to hear that new fans, who are fans of the newest material, started with Siren Song of the Counter Culture and worked their way forward, as the albums became available. I am prepared to be proven wrong, but that’s just what I’ve gathered in my own head.
“Swing Life Away” is probably the most successful song on the album, and it departs from their usual sound, to employ an acoustic/pop punk sort of tone. It charted fairly highly in the US Modern Rock Tracks at #12, while also charting in the US Pop 100, and the US Billboard Hot 100; coming in at #95 and #117, respectively. In newer Rise Against albums, like “Appeal To Reason” the band employs the sound again for the song, “Hero of War” but it wasn’t released as a single so it is impossible to compare the two on a success basis. Personally, “Swing Life Away” wins, but that’s all a matter of opinion.