Album Review: Music For Everyone [Benefit Compilation]

Written by | Album Reviews

Words By Guest Writer: Rae Lemeshow

“… I wanted to do something to unite people in support of that fight [against discrimination]” John Nolan, guitarist of the essential post-hardcore band Taking Back Sunday states in what motivated him to partner with the ACLU in creating the benefit comp. In the fight against discrimination under a presidential era that is revealing hidden bigotry while encouraging hatred, Nolan along with Collective Confusion Records, Hopeless Records, and the non-profit Sub City, have put together an album meant to inspire. All the tracks on the album are from well-known artists in the punk and emo scenes, and the music itself is all either new material made in response to the current socio-political climate, or previously unheard tracks meant to deliver a positive message.

With a diverse roster of talent, it is hard to review the comp on continuity. At its most essential level, the album does have more than one sound for everyone. There are multiple punk tracks, acoustics, emo, and every sub-genre in between—and by this I say there is something for everyone, which in turn is part of the comp’s fight for diversity. Regardless of the diverse nature of the comp., it doesn’t affect its overall flow while listening. To be transparent, the first time I listened to the album in preparation for this review, it was out loud, with someone who does not care for the genre. However, at about the halfway point of the album, somewhere between Frank Iero’s fast and heavy ‘Getting Into Heaven Can Be Hell’ and Cameron Boucher’s mellow ‘Sinn’, even she had to admit that the album was something she could enjoy. Music For Everyone has waves in how sounds are delivered, which makes each track both different and refreshing from the one before it. Simply, it’s celebrating diversity in purpose and in music, which is bound to speak to all of those who listen.

It’s worth it to give Music For Everyone a listen, if not on pure principle than to have an enjoyable listening experience. For example, my personal default music is typically limited to brit rock, grunge, emo, and 80’s alt. pop; however, as I got through listening, slower tracks like Cassino’s, ‘Corvette’ became favorites—which is odd as slower songs are usually to be skipped over in my music library. You get sucked into this compilation, finding hope, solace, comfort, and your reason to fight.

With proceeds benefiting the ACLU, Music For Everyone is available for streaming on Spotify, but if you can spare $10 and would like to contribute to the cause, it is also available to purchase through BandCamp. As someone usually a bit anemic to compilation albums, Music For Everyone was actually enjoyable as it took me from ready to fight, to meditative, and back around—it also definitely helps that more than a few of my favorite emo artists were on the roster. So give it a listen, find your inspiration, and embrace diversity both in music as well as in the world—especially in times such as these.

Band Camp Link: Music For Everyone

Track List

  1. Anti-Flag – Buried The Shame (Demo)
  2. Chris Farren – Always
  3. Taking Back Sunday – Just A Man
  4. Potty Mouth – Twisted
  5. Travis Hayes – Honest Man (Live At Nutone)
  6. Gift of Gab ft. Taking Back Sunday – When Justice Comes
  7. Kevin Devine – Both Ways (Acoustic)
  8. Dave Hause – Season’s Greetings From Ferguson
  9. Allison Weiss – Break My Heart
  10. Brett Newski – I’m Paranoid
  11. Brendan Kelly And The Wandering Birds – Boardin’ USA
  12. Anthony Green – Spanish Moss
  13. James Dewees & John Nolan – Believe In Me
  14. Frank Iero – Getting Into Heaven Can Be Hell
  15. Modern Chemistry – The OverThinker
  16. Baggage – Half Full
  17. Secret Space – Point Of Change
  18. Jared Hart – Heads Or Tails
  19. Cameron Boucher – Sinn
  20. Dead Heavens – Straight Outta Blindness
  21. The Republic Of Wolves – Birdless Cage
  22. Answering Machine – City Of Glass
  23. Cassino – Corvette
  24. Rationale – Space Angela
  25. Gravel Kings – American Skies
  26. Sleep On It – Memorial Day
  27. Lolo – The Day After Tomorrow

Last modified: May 26, 2017