Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Take a Break

Right off the bat, there's something important to know if you're new to Me First. They're a cover band. They do not create original music. They play songs done by other people in their own punk rock style. If you feel cover bands are somehow less talented or not good enough for you, please, leave now. And learn what music is about.

Right, now that that's done and over with.

Me First, the conglomeration of members of other bands [such as NOFX's Fat Mike], hit shelves in the face with their new album, "Take A Break". From their past recordings, there's something fans have learned: they have enough talent to cover Dylan, Denver, Elton, and even the Beatles with such a unique feel that it's impossible to deny their own flavor on the songs. But on the new album, they brave their toughest challenge yet.

Can a punk band cover R&B songs?

The answer in short: Damn straight.

New kids to the band may be a little off-put starting with this album, depending on their taste. Older fans, however, will be glad to have another Me First record on the shelves. It follows the slightly hard jump-and-bounce-you-rhead-off power of "Blowin' In The Wind", as opposed to its mostly catchy-as-hell finger snapping classics in "Are A Drag". The most noticeable difference between albums? Me First don't opt for out and out punk rock right off the bat. Some songs begin slowly ["End Of The Road"], some songs utilize a ukelele ["I Believe I Can Fly"], and heck, "Nothing Compares 2 U" is just about a guitar riff for most of the song, but surprisingly, it still works. Punk fans can enjoy this, cover song fans will love it... everybody should take a shot at it.

Except if you like the original R&B classics. Sorry, but they're pretty much completely different songs with the same lyrics [except "Nothing Compares 2 U". That song is such a pain sometimes!]

Rating: 9/10
Notable favorites: "I Believe I Can Fly"; "End Of The Road"; "Nothing Compares 2 U"


Buy It

1. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
2. Hello
3. End of the Road
4. Ain't No Sunshine
5. Nothing Comapres 2 U
6. Crazy
7. Isn't She Lovely
8. I Believe I Can Fly
9. Oh Girl
10. I'll Be There
11. Mona Lisa
12. Save The Best for Last
13. Natural Woman

Written by: Kevin Roman

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