War All the Time

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October 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sensitive as a teardrop, but hitting with the impact of a two-by-four across the jaw, ”War All the Time” gives good elegy with its mix of emo-punk sincerity and metal-tinged-roar. Thursday don’t take 9/11 quite as literally as Jersey neighbor Bruce Springsteen did on ”The Rising.” Those tragic events serve more as an ominous backdrop for a series of songs about collapsed hopes and relationships. Guitars and drums tangle like mortal enemies, but somehow a chorus still shakes free to shout one last, unfulfilled wish: ”We are cured.”

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