Sum41 - Chuck {Island Records}
By: Nicole Garey



You can say that Sum 41 are flip-floppers, switching from pop-punk to metal to radio rock to... whatever. You can say that the band's antics and reputation are not to be reckoned with. You can even say that the band is nothing but an annoying bunch of kids with nothing better to do than play their instruments.

But if there's anything you can't say about Sum 41, it's that they're not in this for good. With their third major label release, Chuck, Sum 41 is out to prove that one hit album is not nearly enough.

Though, they have slowly made the transition from whiny pop-punk trouble-makers to a fully developed, mature band, able to incorporate all of their influences into something universal.

Throughout Chuck, Deryck Whibley makes it clear that he is sticking with his unique vocal style, allowing the music to take on more of a metal shape, all the while still retaining the ever-present Sum 41 style. This is bound not only to please the older fans, but also to gain new ones.

For those of you who need breakdowns into what bands sound like what other bands...here you go. Listen to "We're All to Blame" if you like System of a Down, "There's No Solution" if you're into Linkin Park, the beginning of "Angels with Dirty Faces" if you like Smile Empty Soul and "88" starts off with a new approach to the style that Green Day, perfected by throwing a piano behind a pop punk structure. The power-ballad "Pieces" is also recommended if you like Green Day. True to the traditional Sum 41 sound is "Some Say."

The only thing is that Sum 41 manages to imbed their style into the styles of all of these bands, taking what they like and making it into their own.

After the release of All Killer, No Filler, Sum 41 could've gone one of two ways. They could have stuck to the cheesy pop-punk persona, or they could've taken on a new face, something more skilled and focused. Though their choice was outlined in their second release, Does This Look Infected?, their choice has been made final in Chuck. It's clear that these kids have made making music their career, and are not backing out anytime soon.