Order In Decline

Sum 41 - Order In Decline
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Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #695 / 767
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Based on 109 ratings
2019 Ratings: #663
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Slant Magazine

Order in Decline mercifully sheds the filler that bogged down the band’s previous releases. Ten amped-up tracks provide just the right amount of time to savor but not tire of its focused intensity.


The edges are softened by those pop-punk melodies that still lurk deep in Sum 41’s DNA, but this is certainly not a pop-punk album. The evolution continues, and it remains an impressive thing indeed.

There's little ambiguity here and, compared to their earlier work, it's a refreshing evolution and maturation. That a group of Canadian punks would be the voices of reason in 2019 is a wonder in itself; that they've delivered one of the most accomplished albums in their catalog this late in their careers is another.
The Young Folks
After years of touring and partying, hospitalization and recovery, as well as band members leaving and returning, Sum 41 delivers youthful vigor along with mature riffs for the political problems of today.

There’s no delusion going on that Sum 41 have reinvigorated pop-punk, but Order In Decline certainly qualifies as a pleasant surprise. This is a band that we all left for dead – because they were, well, basically dead – but they’ve proven that there’s still something left in the tank.

Unafraid to switch things up stylistically too, there are new shapes and forms for Sum 41 to try out - though, in truth, not all of it lands.
The Independent

Order in Decline marks a further departure from the hip hop-inflected pop-punk of the band’s early years. But whereas 2016’s winning 13 Voices explored themes of survival, recovery and atonement, Order in Decline is all-together angrier.

There's nothing here we haven't heard done better somewhere else. Sum 41 can and have done better.
The Arts Desk
Big guitars and high drama from the punk-ish Canadians but no soul.

I've said this many times before, but my relationship with Sum 41 is...interesting. For the longest time, they were one of those bands that I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. I was just totally grossed out by their music, and I had no desire to ever listen to them. However, I'm always one for giving second chances to bands and albums that didn't click, and after a while, some of their albums started to grow on me. Chuck and 13 Voices were legitimately good albums that sort of changed ... read more
what it lacks in nuance, it makes up for with fury
At just 36 minutes, Order in Decline is an extremely short offering from the Canadian pop punk outfit. The length aids this record, though: It delivers exactly what you'd expect, but never goes beyond that. If the album was any longer, it would probably run the risk of sounding boring. But as it stands, the band delivers another enjoyable half hour with all the familiar elements that made Sum 41 popular in the early 2000s.
A solid effort from Sum 41. Some solid tunes with the Sum 41 songwriting formula on full display, with a few new tricks. Dave Baksh's solos are a standout on tracks like Out of Blood, Turning away and A death in the family. Although Sum 41's clinging to their formula keeps them solid, it also hinders their ability to truly grow into a critical darling
As someone who has never cared for Sum 41, I was expecting a disaster from this. What I got was definitely far away from that, with tight performances and some really good production and riffs. I do not care for the vocals and lyrics (especially the lyrics), however. Still, there are some decent headbangers here and there.

Fav Tracks: Heads Will Roll, Out For Blood, Eat You Alive, Turning Away, A Death In The Family

Least Fav Tracks: Catching Fire, Never There

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Added on: April 25, 2019