SR-71 Here We Go Again Nippon Crown Japan
Produced By: Mitch Allen & John Allen

Running Time: 50.30

Release Date: Out Now

Released: JP

Musical Style: Modern Melodic Rock

Links: SR-71
Songs: 90%
Sound: 95%
A new line-up, a new label, old attitude. The band has returned to the punk/pop nu-breed attitude of their much loved debut and for the most part, dropped the more aggressive, heavier edge of the follow-up Tomorrow. Not that there was anything overly wrong with the sound of that album but the songs were just not strong enough.
Principle songwriter and frontman Mitch Allen has truly redeemed himself this time around, with a great collection of modern rock tunes that ooze class, melody and hooks.
SR-71 were the poster boys of the nu-breed movement after their classic debut, with this album destined to put them back on the map.
The band is different now, being that the line-up of the debut is all but gone, but the vibe remains intact.
This is expertly produced, uptempo power pop mixed with a punky attitude, modern rock feel and plenty of melodies.
Most fans will be familiar with the already released Axl Rose, which is a definite indication of the album's vibe. There are the lighter, tongue in cheek rockers like Rose, 1985 (classic lyrics), Here We Go Again and 15 Minute Idol (featuring John Allen on vocals) which pump the album along at a fine pace.
Then there are the darker, moodier and more intense numbers like All American, Everything and best of all - In Your Eyes, which is without doubt one of my picks for song of the year 2004. It's certainly the best nu-breed rocker I've heard in a long time and its melancholy darkness just sucks me in.
It's just a great listen and a great collection of songs - aside from the tongue in cheek country twang of the hidden track. I could do without that!
A special mention goes out to Mitch Allen for some truly great satirical lyrics.
The Bottom Line
Welcome back boys style aside the songs within are some of the best written yet and those into nu-breed style hard rock will dive into this and come up with a winner.
Fans of the band should not be disappointed I'll wager that the vast majority will find this a far superior album to that of Tomorrow and it will certainly give the debut a run for its money.
Overall it's a little darker and certainly heavier than Now You See Inside, but easier going than the sonic attack of Tomorrow. Basically it fits somewhere in between, featuring some very catchy and rocking tunes.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Now You See Inside
Here We Go Again

Line Up
Mitch Allen: Vocals, Guitars
Pat DeMent: Guitars, Vocals
John Allen: Drums, Vocals
Mike Ruocco: Bass, Vocals

Essential for fans of:
SR-71 - Now You See Inside
Mars Electric
Track Listing
Axl Rose*
In Your Eyes*
Here We Go Again*
All American
Blue Light Special Life
15 Minute Idol*
The One
Blood & Bourbon*
She Was Dead (demo)*
Hidden Track*
--*Best Tracks

04/11/04: GeneticFreak -
Rating: 92
This album, end to end, is one really refreshing experience. Okay the music is teenage punk, but all the songs are happy and catchy fun unlike most songs these days that dwelve on loneliness and lost-love.

If you're an adult, this is the album to listen to if you want to relive the good old days, not to cry over the long lost higschool days like how most teen punk songs out there make you feel. And not to get dizzy on all the social problems you sense when you're younger, instead gave you a real laugh at all those things you've ever seen and heard back then.

1985, Here we go again, are really fun and melodic. I have a decent job and getting old but the songs in this album makes me shake my head side to side in my car like I'm 16 all over again.

01/08/04: chewsmoka -
Rating: 95
Great album through and through, with many tracks highlights including "Mosquito", "1985" and "Blue Light Special Life". As another reviewer put it, one of the best albums he has heard in a long time, and I agree totally."Now You See Inside" remains their best album so far, but this one runs a close second. Only minor shame was no track in the vein of "Empty Spaces" which remains one of my favs of all time

30/07/04: Figge -
Rating: 85
Some very catchy tunes on this one. I liked the previous two albums too, but I believe this one has some really great songs. "In Your Eyes" is a MONSTER hit in my of the songs of the year, for sure!

20/07/04: Patrick -
Rating: 79
I loved the first two albums. Don't understand why everyone was so down on the second album. Anyway, I thought this album wasn't as good as the last one, and thought the writing was really poor on this album.

12/07/04: SR71 FAN -
Rating: 100
SR-71 should release this album over here in England, im sure it would do well. It rocks!!

08/07/04: John -
Rating: 100
I'm not that loose with the 100 ratings, but this one deserves it. It's only July 7th and this is the album of the year. Hands down. I listen to this at least once a day. I haven't had an album grow on me so quickly where I know ever lyric since the classics of the 80s. Every song flows perfectly. The lyrics are smart AND funny and melodic as hell. It's not only one of the best SR-71 albums, it's one of the best albums I've heard in a long time PERIOD regardless of the genre.

07/07/04: frostywills -
Rating: 99
In these days when a good deal of the albums that get released turn out to hardly be worth the money you paid for them, it really speaks volumes to have an album that costs you twice as much as you would normally pay be worth every cent. Ok, so it's more pricey because it's a Jap import, but it's become a rare occurance for me to shell out the extra $$ for one of those in this day an age. I usually jsut wait for the domestic version to come out. However, once I heard the song samples Andrew listed here, I knew I had to own this album, even if it cost more. I was not dissapointed. (the same could not be said about the whole of thier TOMORROW album, for me.)
This is start to finish a great record, that has barely come out of my CD player since I got! I also can't remember the last time I heard a batch of songs this catchy, sing-along-able, and just plain good - especially all on one record. "1985" and "Mosquito" are two of my favorite songs so far this year, and the cover of "In Your Eyes" is done up nicely, too.
This one's a must get, and will definetly be making my "Best Of" list for this year.

24/06/04: Mike -
Rating: 95
Incredible! That's all I can say. This cd rocks! Definitely Those bad boys from Baltimore are back and better then ever. The best songs I agree, with the other 2 reviews, Axl Rose, 1985, Mosquito, 15 minute Idol, (John Allen, Drummer, has lead vocals on this one.) Hell, I love the whole cd. Oh, Little Asshole definitely is classic. That was hilarious. In your eyes (remake of Peter Gabriels song) truly is a masterpiece waiting to burst out! I see big things for this single, and this cd. request Mitch Allan, In your eyes on the radio, and when the video comes out, DEMAND IT ON MTV! DONT ASK< DEMAND!! lol

18/06/04: La Freq -
Rating: 95
I absolutly LOVE this album, well worth the money it took to import it. I'd kinda doubted them after Tomorrow, but Mitch certainly redeemed himself. owever, I would have liked to hear at least one slower song. NYSI had a several slower, ballad-esque songs, all of which I loved.

Favs: 1985, 15 Minute Idol, Mosquito, The One, and Little Asshole

17/06/04: Travis -
Rating: 94
Well, I have had this album in my CD player for a week now. I have to say, Mitch is the band. I never would have known the other members were different, if it wasn't made known.

I love the album. I have listened to the EP for Axl Rose several dozen times. I think I would have put Axl Rose later on in the album, as it starts it out sort of gimmicky I think. 1985 is hilarious, and very catchy. I don't know why they changed the version of All American, I like the EP version better.

My faves are Mosquito, Here we go again, 1985, In your eyes and the hidden track Little A%&hole in that order.

Now if Butch Walker and Bowling for Soup come through with great albums, this will be an awesome year for this type of music.

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