Rented World by The Menzingers MAG

July 2, 2014
By Springading SILVER, Macomb, Michigan
Springading SILVER, Macomb, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"People say the greatest generation has come and gone, but their wrong... they haven't seen what were capable of" - Dan Campbell


From the first driving chords of “I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore” until the last tear-jerking notes of “When You Died,” the Menzingers have created a phenomenally emotional and relatable album. “Rented World” is a release like no other. Among the flamboyant pop stars and the over-produced radio garbage, it’s not so easy to find genuine, emotion-provoking, goosebump-radiating music today. “Rented World” is as real as it gets.

The Menzingers produce hard-hitting lyrics throughout, but the song “Rodent” stands out to me lyrically. Delivering lines like “I’ve tried running/I’ve tried hiding/I’ve tried everything but dying/damn the days we took for granted” with such emotion and feeling creates an inseparable connection between you and the music.

The main connection I have with the album is that it encompasses problems we all face. Self-conflict is expressed in “I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore,” “Rodent,” “Bad Things,” and “In Remission.” Loss is portrayed in “My Friend Kyle” and “When You Died.” And love is seen in “Transient Love,” “Nothing Feels Good Anymore,” and “Where Your Heartache Exists.” Although not everyone may feel every song the way Tom May and Greg Barnett do, we’ve all been through these types of situations, making the songs very relatable.

Musically, this record showcases the passion and skill the Menzingers have to offer. May and Barnett’s guitars complement each other extraordinarily well on songs like “Transient Love” and “Hearts Unknown.” The Menzingers also stay consistent with their previous records’ upbeat punk style with “The Talk” and “Sentimental Physics.” The experimental ballad “When You Died” shows Bob Dylan’s influence and strays from the Menzingers’ roots, but the track adds to the depth of the record.

“Rented World” delivers a variety of fast- and slow-paced, emotion-driven punk songs that’ll be sure to give you goosebumps and have you singing along the whole way.


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on Jul. 23 2014 at 8:34 pm
Springading SILVER, Macomb, Michigan
7 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
"People say the greatest generation has come and gone, but their wrong... they haven't seen what were capable of" - Dan Campbell

Thats so cool!! If the emotion in their songs is produced live onstage, I'm sure they're amazing

on Jul. 23 2014 at 8:22 pm
person96 BRONZE, 1, Pennsylvania
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‘You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don’t like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate.’ ‘Consciously, sir, consciously,’ Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. ‘I hate them consciously.’ ‘You’re antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated or deceived. Misery depresses you. Ignorance depresses you. Persecution depresses you. Violence depresses you. Slums depress you. Greed depresses you. Crime depresses you. Corruption depresses you. You know, it wouldn’t surprise me if you’re a manic-depressive!’ ‘Yes, sir. Perhaps I am.’ ‘Don’t try to deny it.’ ‘I’m not denying it, sir,’ said Yossarian, pleased with the miraculous rapport that finally existed between them. ‘I agree with all you’ve said.’
‘Then you admit you’re crazy, do you?’ ‘Crazy?’ Yossarian was shocked. ‘What are you talking about? Why am I crazy? You’re the one who’s crazy!’ Major Sanderson turned red with indignation again and crashed both fists down upon his thighs. ‘Calling me crazy,’ he shouted in a sputtering rage, ‘is a typically sadistic and vindictive paranoiac reaction! You really are crazy!’

i like these guys. i live right outside where they're from, but i've never got around to seeing them.


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