On the Impossible Past

The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2012 Ratings: #121 / 1071
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2012 Ratings: #55
February 21, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Epitaph / Label
Punk Rock / Genres
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On the Impossible Past is an impeccably crafted melodic hardcore record by a group ready for it's close-up.


One thing they can find solace in is the fact that they have managed to create an almost flawless punk album.

What results is another quality release that cannot help but make music fans excited for what this gifted outfit are to bestow upon us on their next offering.
And then we come upon the album that really brought The Menzingers forward in the punk rock scene. The bluesy, rootsy elements of their punk rock are finally brought to the forefront just enough that their sound can really impress and feel more fleshed out. This isn't really a traditional sounding punk rock sound, but certainly borrows elements from it. It's also not a traditional pop punk record, but certainly involves some strong hooks and catchy choruses. The vocals on here are also of a ... read more
There’s not a whole lot separating The Menzingers from, say, Blink-182, but “On The Impossible Past” is plenty more wise and musically complex than the pop-punkers they initially resemble. Your enjoyment of “On The Impossible Past” will most likely depend on your tolerance for singer Greg Barnett’s voice. His singing is ultimately too screechy and whiny for me to truly get into this album, but one man’s "screechy and whiny" is another’s ... read more
Favorite Tracks:
Good Things
The Obituaries
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Added on: December 12, 2012