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Classic Album Review: Something Corporate | Leaving Through the Window

The pop-punks' sophomore set proves you can't always judge a band by its name.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


They might have the worst band name of the year — if not the decade. Thankfully, Something Corporate are more creative and original with their music.

Although the quintet hail from the same Orange County, Calif., confines that have birthed countless cookie-cutter popcore acts, they manage to separate themselves from the pack with their debut full-length Leaning Through The Window. Its 14 tracks merge the snappy, hook-laden pop-rock of Weezer with the intense emo sincerity of Jimmy Eat World and — straight out of left field — the piano-pop sensitivity of Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright. Amazingly, they somehow manage not only to combine these elements, but do so in memorably appealing ways — on power-pop gems like I Woke Up In A Car, If You C Jordan, Drunk Girl and Punk Rock Princess. It just goes to show: Sometimes you can’t judge a band by its name.