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Rented World

The Menzingers - Rented World
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2014 Ratings: #486 / 845
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
2014 Ratings: #368
April 22, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Punk Rock / Genres
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Listen to "In Remission," perhaps the most complete song the band has ever written, and it's clearly defined that this is the same the Menzingers, just with two more years of experience, as well as the secure knowledge that they can connect with us on a deeper level as we share in their heartache, insecurity,


There isn’t as much outright variety as there was on Impossible Past, but there are subtle refinements that make Rented World perhaps the most musically solid album the band has released.


The album is remarkably consistent, with the lack of any single standout track demonstrating the quality of an album which rarely drops below the level of excellence. 


While there isn't much separating Rented World from the Menzingers' sophomore effort musically, there's a contemplative aura surrounding the songs that shows all of the hallmarks of a band growing into more nuanced and capable songwriters


A catchy, huge-sounding rock album that strikes one as curiously old-fashioned, but not in a classically-derivative way. It’s a blast.


A slick offering, ‘Rented World’ is let down by a tendency to veer towards the formulaic

Consequence of Sound

Rented World is just so polished and clean — aesthetics that don’t suit The Menzingers’ brand of punk. Nothing unpredictable happens, and only Barnett’s lyrics stick around after the record stops spinning

Much better than I expected, Rented World is full of tracks that are full of hooks and leave the songs in a place where they feel memorable. This isn't the case for the entire spectrum of the album, but this is certainly more often the case than not. This is an important leap for The Menzingers as they foray into more catchy punk music that really sticks with the listener; the songs stand up with the intention, and they feel like they have the type of impact that makes the album more fully feel ... read more
I fail to grasp the critic appeal of this album. Behind the modernist theme, there is exhausted pop punk that feels like any third-tier pop punk band in the early 2000s.
Butt Rock never sounded so whiney and uninspired. Wait... maybe it has, but The Menzingers deserve none of the ravenous critical positivity that they have received.
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Track List

  1. I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
  2. Bad Things
  3. Rodent
  4. Where Your Heartache Exists
  5. My Friend Kyle
  6. Transient Love
  7. The Talk
  8. Nothing Feels Good Anymore
  9. Hearts Unknown
  10. In Remission
  11. Sentimental Physics
  12. When You Died
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