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Watch Out!

Alexisonfire

2004

Watch Out!
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Watch Out! is the second studio album from Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, released on June 8, 2004. The album debuted at number 6 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 6,580 copies in its first week of release, and was certified Platinum (indicating sales of over 100,000 copies) by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) in 2007. Watch Out! is a post-hardcore album, which saw more of a focus on Green's melodic singing, and less emphasis on Pettit's screaming. According to guitarist Wade MacNeil, the closing track of their debut, "Pulmonary Archery", incorporated the "atmospheric sound" that the band expanded upon with Watch Out!. Pettit expanded on this by the saying the band were listening to a lot of ambient rock acts, such as the Appleseed Cast and Mogwai. "Accidents" was written in the basement of MacNeil's mother's house. "Side Walk When She Walks" uses metal guitar riffs and different tempo changes. "No Transitory" opens mid-screaming. "Sharks and Danger" is a darker track that was reminiscent of "Spike" (2003) by the Network. The album debuted at number 6 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 6,580 copies in its first week of release. By April 2005, it had sold 50,000 copies in Canada, and 27,500 copies in the US. It was certified Platinum in Canada in April 2007.

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Rating

2.7

Votes

61

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk

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Sat Apr 20 2024
5

Wooooooow A band I have not thought about in probably 15 years. There was a minute where I was ALL in on City and Colour. Saw him perform at the Fox Theater in Detroit and he did a whole mini Alexisonfire set in the middle. It blew my mind! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. This album still absolutely rips.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
2

I would find this far more impressive if it was from 1994. I would totally shit my pants if this was from 1984. I would question reality itself if this was from 1974. But being from 2004 it's just kinda there.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

I submitted this album, so I should probably have a mini book typed up on why I like it, right??? I’ll try and do a short version. The intro to this record is incredible. The intro guitar riff gets me every time. And then those drums, that drum beat, even throughout the song, is incredible. George’s scream vocals, wow, WOW. Then when Dallas comes in???? Fuck me up man. GANG VOCALS???!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE THIS. *ahem* sorry, got excited. But that’s basically how I feel about this entire record. The guitar riffs throughout are incredible. The drums are amazing. Even some of the baselines are incredible. George and Dallas going back and forth from screaming to singing, and the mix. The overall soundscape of this record is just so neat to me. No other band really sounds like this. If they do then let me know lol. And then that final song, Happiness By The Kilowatt???? *chefs kiss* even when Dallas plays it solo under City & Colour it’s an unbelievable song.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
4

I cringe a little when I spot the "screamo" tag but this kept a decent balance, seemed like just solid hard-core to me.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
4

Wauw, it's been a while since I heared some good ol' fashioned emocore. Sounded really good to my ears!

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Sat Apr 20 2024
4

I like some hardcore where the screaming isn't too dominant. But the music here was lacking some power

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Thu Apr 25 2024
4

I've never actually heard these guys, but I've kinda meant to some point. They were a vague joke when I cared about metal in the mid 2000s - something something emo pussies etc. But if they're anything like a whole bunch of other bands I wrote off as "gay" in 2004, they're probably alright. Yeah it's not too bad lol. Kinda catchy, anthemy, chorus driven pop punk. I don't mind it at all. 4/5.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
3

At the beginning I was thinking a 2, but some of the less hard-core tracks showed up and I was having more fun with those.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
3

Retrospect is easy with a crew like Alexisonfire, but this second album, consistent in gimmick, easily avoids the flash-in-a-pan label. Each track a justified variation on the multivocal multivolume setup, the LP doesn't really do anything with the softer emotional material within. Get it out there for joy and music and catharsis: Fair enough.

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Mon Jun 17 2024
3

Decent balance between screaming and more melodic singing. Post-hardcore is a genre I have not delved into too much but I enjoyed this energetic album.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
2

Musically I can appreciate the energy and drive this band manages to create. But these screaming vocals are just aweful. I know of several other bands that work according to this M.O. and they all annoy me tremendously. There is literally never a moment I would want to listen to this.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
2

Nice rock-screamo like. Fine listening

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Tue Apr 23 2024
2

Noise, acceleration, loud voices...I know that's what the genre is like, but it's not something you'll enjoy if it's not exactly what you're looking for. The musicians with their instruments, however, are great.

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Tue May 07 2024
2

Music isn't over-the-top heavy, but lacks hooks and strong melodies. Singing is passable, but the screaming is not! Generally not my thing but not as awful as my 1 star reviews.

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Mon May 13 2024
2

A genuine example of mid-2000s screamo right as emo is about to hit peak popularity. So you get some aspects of mainstream emo (such as the anthemic live sound and pop hooks) while still focusing on heavy riffs, busy instrumentation, and unusual sudden changes in tempo, volume, and rhythm. It does fall into some lame tropes from time to time, and half the tracks are unremarkable or repetitive. There are several standout hits, and there are cool tricks I do like, usually put at the end of the songs. Above average for its genre, but I'd still shrug it off, especially for how exhausting it can be.

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Thu Jun 20 2024
2

While there’s plenty of dynamic contrast across this LP, it somehow manages to feel quite flat – at a certain point, the combined wails of the vocalist and guitar become a sort of white noise that fades into the background. This is a typical problem for albums in this genre, and while I support more early-aughts representation on the list I don’t think this is the best contender to rep the era.

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Mon Apr 29 2024
1

Sorry, I just can't with those vocals. 1 star.

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Wed May 15 2024
1

It's not great. A lot of screaming which is unnecessary. I didn't need to hear it. I know that some people like this type of music. It's a no from me.

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