Land Of The Free? is the sixth studio album from punk rock band, Pennywise! The album was released on June 19, 2001, and reached number 67 on the Billboard 200 here in the US and 21 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
The lead single, "Fuck Authority" screams punk music just with the title, but was released prior to the album's release for promotion reasons. This one was actually a bit unexpected in a way, because what we had previously heard from Pennywise was very fast paced to the point that if you weren't paying attention, you wouldn't catch a single lyric. This one wasn't like that at all, and actually reminded us a bit of Good Charlotte, honestly. Its pretty good! It encourages you to do your own thing and be yourself. "Not gonna stand for it today, fight for your thoughts. Its time we had our say."
Another track that stood out a lot was "My God", because its fully questioning the morals of organized religion and that's something we greatly appreciate. Its blunt, very clear in sound, and just wonderful. Its not putting down those who are religious, just puts the very obvious questions out there, and says "your God isn't for me." We approve of that a lot.
That's something we actually noticed with this album that stood out from everything else we had heard thus far. It was slower, everything could be understood. Sitting more on the side of punk rock, than ska music like it leans towards in later albums. We're quite impressed! Good job, Pennywise!
This entire album is full of angst feelings, while sounding great! Punk rock fans, go check it out! While you're at it be sure to head on over to Pennywise's official website. Over there you can find a ton of tour dates, and festival appearances!
Pennywise will be going out on tour on May 1, through the 15th, and will be appearing at Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion, and Rock On The Range! For further information, please visit the respective festival websites or Pennywise's official website.
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