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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ramones - Road to Ruin

Released : September 22, 1978
Recorded : May – June 1978 at Media Sound, New York
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 31:02 (original), 51:53 (Expanded Edition)
Label : Sire
Producer : Tommy Erdelyi, Ed Stasium

The loud-and-fast, campy-and-catchy formula began to wear a little thin by the time of the Ramones' fourth album, Road to Ruin. Following the exact same blueprint as its three predecessors, Road to Ruin simply doesn't yield the same results as the other records. In part, it's because the band sounds a little forced on the harder numbers, but the main problem lies with the undistinguished material. "I Wanna Be Sedated" is a classic, and "Questioningly" proves that the Ramones are just as effective when they slow the tempo down, yet much of the record sounds like the Ramones trying to give the people what they want. Since they were still in their prime, such nondescript material sounds good, but the record has neither the exuberant energy or abundant hooks of Ramones and Rocket to Russia, and it's the first suggestion that the Ramones may have painted themselves into a corner.

Tracks

1. I Just Want to Have Something to Do
2. I Wanted Everything
3. Don't Come Close
4. I Don't Want You
5. Needles and Pins
6. I'm Against It
7. I Wanna Be Sedated
8. Go Mental
9. Questioningly
10.She's the One
11.Bad Brain
12.It's a Long Way Back


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