Not that the record is a complete buzz-kill. "My First Punk Song" is Delonge at his most feral: a one-minute burst of sandblasted hardcore. "And I" is a muscular punk anthem underlined with a savage hip-hop beat. "All Systems Go" is bottled adrenaline.
Still, when things slow down, and Delonge begins to mine his emo influences, Boxcar Racer becomes gushy and overwrought. Soul-searching songs such as "Letters to God" and "There Is" are just as laughable as they are confessional. "Sometimes I wish I was smart," Delonge sings on the sappy "I Feel So." Too bad he doesn't realize how bright he already is: How else can one explain such past lyrical gems as "Take off your pants, Dad, your penis is the biggest thing my butt's ever had"?
Here, he's thinking way too much.
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