Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
The Ark - State Of The Ark Review
By Patrick Muldowney

.
The review for The Ark aptly begins before even opening the jewel case to reveal the disc. State of the Ark would be my early frontrunner for "Most Awfully Awesome Album Cover", a distinguished honor I award in my mind annually. For example, Smog's Knock Knock was a past winner. Just to make you understand, this group, all in white, with a peaceful pink and yellow haze emanating from their being, look like the type of guys you would find on a cruise ship hosted by The Polyphonic Spree. The only problem with that theory is they might be kicked off for creating a meth lab in one of the cabins. Seriously, it is impossible for an American eye to look at this cover and not imagine this group huddled at a corner table of a discotheque guarding their designer drugs, which makes me hope that this album cover looks way different in Sweden, the homeland of The Ark. There are definitely no American bands who would allow a guy with eyeliner and an ass chin, who is outlined in pink, to throw a gang sign on the cover of their album, but things must be different in Stockholm.

State of the Ark may be as strange sonically as it is visually. The first track, "This Piece of Poetry…," has the lyrical quality and delivery of Meatloaf, while musically delivering sounds akin to Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu". Ola Salo, the singer/songwriter for the band, definitely proves that ABBA is still influential to Swedish pop through this track, and others. The following track, "Rock City Wankers," adds a bit of rock and punk to their sound, and its anti-drug message toward New York City's heroine users, apparently means that though they look like drug users, their glassy eyes are simply resulting from Saturday Night Fever. The song has definite appeal with the snappy snare drums and groovy bass line, meshed with Salo's lyrics, punk in nature and pop in delivery, making it feel similar to Blondie when they moved from CBGB's to Studio 54. "Rock City Wankers" also features a chant, which is always a guilty pleasure for listeners, of, "I'm gonna have a no-life-low-life 'til I get out/Then I get Highlife O-o-oh!" Plus, if you liked the film Headwig and the Angry Inch, during a breakdown Salo says, "Try some manners, f***-face," in a perfect Headwig-like moment.

It is difficult to imagine how many of the songs, though incredibly catchy, would be appealing enough to become hits in America, due to the dated sound and the lack of translation, at times, but "One of Us is Gonna Die Young" might possibly work in this country. It's another pretty rock song that provides a reason for impromptu sex, which is always celebrated here, until the subsequent stories of itching and burning. The song features an initial lyrical plea of, "We both have to get it on before the summer's gone/We gotta hurry with no worry to get done today/Cause one of us is gonna die young," before completely resorting to baby talk at the end with, "We'll go shim-shim shammey and get whimsy and get whammy." The best part is that the insert provides you with all these genius lyrics. Take them to a spoken word some night, just for kicks.

The Ark is definitely attempting to put the glam back in rock, and in many ways it can be fun. There are many moments to sing along to, and even better moments for dancing, although I would save these moments for times when you are alone or with those who you would not scare. Also, for those in college and of legal age, State of the Ark can provide an excellent drinking game. Every third time you hear Salo sing an "oh" or an "oooh", you might have a shot of beer (anything stronger would land you in the hospital). Even with beer, quit after six songs to avoid severe intoxication, which will be perfect because the next three songs work as karaoke. "The Others", or song seven, will allow you to get up and sing your best Jack Black, while you can easily belt out The Knack's "My Sharona" to "Girl You're Gonna Get 'Em", which is a blatant rip off. Finally, throw in some Duran Duran lyrics during "Deliver Us from Free Will" and you've achieved an absurdly memorable beginning to your night.

State of the Ark is a difficult recommendation for listeners, since the initial fan base is limited. Those who like The Darkness, not just the one hit, might like The Ark. Those who consider Jack Black a serious musician might like The Ark. Similarly, even those who liked David Cassidy, beyond his good looks, might put this in rotation. Personally, I will put it under mindless, silly crap, and might play it when I feel like acting stupid and smiling about it. The Ark has talent, and is understandably popular in their home country, but many Americans would perish if a great flood came and they were manning the vessel.


CD Info and Links

The Ark - State Of The Ark

Label:Rebel Group
Rating:

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review

.


...end


.
News Reports
.
• Day in Rock:
Guns N' Roses Hit New Milestone With Reunion Tour- Eagles Stream Previously Unreleased Hotel California Recording- Rush Expand A Farewell To Kings For Reissues- more

• Day in Pop Taylor Swift Releases New Single 'Gorgeous'- Katy Perry Gets Stuck On Prop At He Nashville Show- Country Stars Honor Vegas Victims At CMT's Artists of the Year Ceremony- more

• Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

• Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

• Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

• Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

• The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

• Trauma Interview

• December in Red - The Way Out

• Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

• SOKO Interview

• The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

• Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

• Death Penalty - Death Penalty

• On The Record: The Wild Beyond

• RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

• Michael Ubaldini Interview

• Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

• Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

• Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

• Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

• Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

• Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

• Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

• Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

• The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

• Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

• August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

• The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

• KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

• Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

• Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

• Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

• Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

• Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

• Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

• What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

• Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

• North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

• Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

• Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

• Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

• Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

• Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

• Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

• Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

• Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

• Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

• Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

• Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
• The Screen Door • superLOUD • A Journal of Musical Things • Lloyd Zeffler blog • Demolish Mag • Nightwatcher's House of Rock • CJ Chilvers • Deja Voodoo • The 1st Five • thecopycat.biz • Hard Rock Memorabilia • Day in Rock @twitter


New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!
.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.