American Apathy

rating icon 4 / 10

Track listing:

01. I'm Back
02. Survive
03. No Way Out
04. Always
05. Bastard
06. Sex Machine
07. Four More Years
08. Revolution
09. Let's Fuck
10. Fuck the World
11. I Wish I was the President
12. Deam
13. The Life
14. People are People
Bonus Tracks:
15. Bitch (alternate version)
16. Fuck Tha Police (2005 studio version)
17. Burn (featuring the Detroit Hate Choir)

So I thought 2003's "Group Therapy" by DOPE was generic, nu-ish industrial-tinged donkey dung. At least it rocked hard. So maybe I was unfairly discounting this one of many second-tier MANSON/ZOMBIE modern "shock" rocker bands (I've got no problem with MARILYN or ROB, by the way). I can appreciate the middle-finger attitude and the heavy groove, as well as the fact that not everyone wants to hear NILE, OPETH, or DARK TRANQUILLITY. I'm sure the DOPE Army would agree. So I figured I'd give DOPE another chance with a review of the band's fourth album, "American Apathy", and keep the subjectivity to a minimum (if that's even really possible).

As a whole, "American Apathy" is a slightly better album that sees the band stick to hard driving rhythms and (not surprisingly) predictable song structures with the usual techno and industrial elements. The paint-by-numbers arrangements and obvious-to-a-fault lyrics on tracks like "Let's Fuck", "Fuck the World", "I'm Back", and "Bastard" are tolerable if you can get past the juvenile silliness of it all. It's hard to do with drivel like "Sex Machine" and "I Wish I was the President" because the lyrics are just…uh…stupid. Hey, I do like the guitar soloing on "Fuck the World". That's worth something, isn't it? The melodious, commercially accessible single, "Always", is so cookie-cutter and built-for-MTV that it's ridiculous. "Dream" isn't much better on a "lets get airplay" level. The worst is the power to the people lyrics on "Revolution". Listening to Edsel Dope singing about leading a revolution against "the man" is laughable. Where's the staging area, Edsel? Should I bring a change of clothes? The cover of DEPECHE MODE's "People are People" is actually ok in a whiny DOPE-does-dance-mix kinda way. Three bonus tracks, including a fairly cool cover of N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police", give the fans more for their money.

If it's a choice between punching myself in the face or listening to "American Apathy", I'll choose the latter. Ok, ok, the album is a bit better than that. It's just difficult to take it seriously. On the upside, the disc would work well as music in a strip club where aural stimulation is secondary. Otherwise, I'd rather listen to PIT BULL DAYCARE's "Unclean" or SOCIETY 1's "The Sound that Ends Creation". If you're already a DOPE fan, I doubt "American Apathy" will make you rethink your position. I tried.

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).