The View from the Bottom

Album Review of The View from the Bottom by Lit.

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The View from the Bottom


The View from the Bottom by Lit

Release Date: Jun 19, 2012
Record label: Megaforce
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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The View from the Bottom - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5

Post-pop-punk bro-rockers Lit – known for 1999's "My Own Worst Enemy" – return eight years after their last album, three after losing their drummer to cancer. Their ballads now get choked up over bygone glory days, while their Gary Glitter and Bryan Adams riffs sound re-purposed for sports and strip bars. If you can do shots to rote brags about some "redheaded slut" without gagging, you're in, dude.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Best known for their 1999 hangover anthem "My Own Worst Enemy," Lit were an unlikely candidate for journeyman rock band of the '90s California pop-punk scene. With a sound that found them lumped alongside such similarly minded "bro-pop" contemporaries as Smash Mouth, blink-182, and Sugar Ray, Lit were overshadowed by their success and seemed destined for the one-hit-wonder dustbin. But that notion doesn't figure in the band's self-effacing sense of humor and obvious knack for coming up with a great hook -- not to mention lead singer A.

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Rock Sound - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Lit are back after a long break. But is the view from the bottom as good as the view from the top? After peppering the turn of the millennium with some of the biggest hooks in pop-punk, Lit once provided a pre-adolescent soundtrack for virtually an entire generation. After a whopping eight years marred with tragedy and loss, the California stalwarts are back with an album drawing on a decade of highs and lows.

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