JUNIOR VARSITY - The Great Compromise

Junior Varsity - The Great Compromise

20 songs
69:42 minutes
***** ***


To avoid a lack of interesting releases during summer, Victory Records has started to re-release older albums their bands have published before signing the Victory deal. The first album with this honour was the Aiden debut and although their new CD is quite entertaining, the debut was only quite mediocre and not really worth listening to.

But the case is different for the Junior Varsity debut. Their last CD was a nice power pop punk album with a certain emo touch and a lot of sing along tracks. Not groundbreaking, but far above average. As that album only sold 25.000 copies worldwide, it is a risky undertaking to re-release the debut. But to make things more interesting, the album contains not only the eleven regular tracks, but furthermore nine bonus tracks and a DVD with live performances and a video clip.

The old songs aren't too different from what we already know from The Junior Varsity, and they showed already two years ago that they have a sense for melodies. Park Your Car and Left Foot Right Food are two formidable examples to show that they knew to write songs with a more commercial touch already back in their beginning. Further highlights are Demo Car City which sounds like a Belgian pop song and the weird Peter Cottontail And The Demise Of The Carrot Tree which is carried by a huge wall of keyboards. I only don't like Don't Forget To Set Your House On Fire Before You Crawl Into Bed as it seems somehow unfinished, but there's a better and newer version among the bonus tracks. Further bonus material are some acoustic performances, older demo songs and some tracks from their self titled EP.

I have again to repeat in this review that The Junior Varsity have one of the better singers in this genre of music. And because this package is containing so much bonus material, I have to call this "value for money" and hope that the future Victory re-releases will contain as much bonus material which should encourage people to purchase the record.

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