From the opening tinkers of ‘Reason To Believe’ to the bland and unappealing closer ‘Exit Song’, Sum 41’s fifth studio album Screaming Bloody Murder is, to put it bluntly, boring. It is genuinely hard to believe that these are the same Canadian rockers that stormed onto our stereos with hit singles like ‘Fat Lip’ and ‘In Too Deep’. Admittedly these pop-punks have matured over the last decade, but the witty words and rhymes that got us all hooked in the first place have completely vanished, replaced with dull drones. Lyrically this record relies far too heavily on frontman Deryck Whibley’s heartache, following his divorce from singer Avril Lavigne - "What am I to say? / I still remember everyday / Memories don’t fade away" being one of the many depressing stanzas. Disappointed to say it, but their debut effort remains to be their strongest and most enjoyable work. Better luck next time.
Bland, boring and bleak.