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Take Action!, Vol. 6

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26//2007

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Another year, another Take Action! compilation. The fight against suicide will, unfortunately, never be over, so it's at least nice to see charitable people like those at Hopeless and Sub City consistently doing their part to raise awareness on the subject and provide resources for those in need. To do so, they've rounded up another diverse collection of songs spanning punk, emo and indie rock in the early 21st century, drawing listeners in with tracks from old favorites alongside the ripe opportunity to discover new loves. A PSA from the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus opens Vol. 6's first disc (Rise Against handles disc two's intro). The music then launches forth with My Chemical Romance's dramatic "This Is How I Disappear," followed with strong showings by Senses Fail ("Calling All Cars"), Paramore (the sweetly urgent "Emergency") and the sisterly, slightly haunting pop/rock of Meg & Dia's "Monster." Even All Time Low's quintessential pop-punk ("Coffee Shop Soundtrack") is a good time. The disc's early melody eventually drops into much heavier terrain, ending with cuts from metal and hardcore acts like Drop Dead, Gorgeous, In Flames, Into Eternity, and Misery Signals. The stronger of the two discs, the second offers up excellent tracks from relative punk veterans like Rise Against, the Casualties, and Anti-Flag, and it's actually kind of funny, the placement of No Trigger's "Bust Tropical" right before Strike Anywhere's heartfelt "Instinct," because for second, you'd swear they were the same band. The Falcon and Heavens carry the flag for well-done side projects (of the Lawrence Arms/Alkaline Trio and Alkaline Trio, respectively). Indie pop shines with songs by the Hush Sound ("Wine Red"), Lakes ("Indian Lover") and Copeland ("Control Freak"), while Damiera lends the vaguely Coheed-esque "Via Invested" and These Arms Are Snakes' snotty "Horse Girl" goes down with a nice chaotic punch. With partial proceeds going to charity, Take Action! compilations have always been great investments (and small ones at that with price tags under $10). And with this year's bonus DVD of practically 30 music videos to go along -- Emery, Hellogoodbye, Converge, Murder by Death and Set Your Goals among contributors -- there's really no easier way to help a great cause and sample some great new music at the same time. ~ Corey Apar
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 PSA Ronnie Winter 0:23
  3. 2 This Is How I Disappear My Chemical Romance 3:56
  4. 3 The Ponytail Parades [Acoustic] Emery 4:16
  5. 4 Drowning Scary Kids Scaring Kids 3:11
  6. 5 Calling All Cars Senses Fail 3:24
  7. 6 Miami Taking Back Sunday 3:41
  8. 7 There's a Class for This Cute Is What We Aim For 3:32
  9. 8 Coffee Shop Soundtrack All Time Low 2:58
  10. 9 Emergency Paramore 3:57
  11. 10 Monster Meg & Dia 2:40
  12. 11 Accidents Drive By 2:50
  13. 12 Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché Escape the Fate 3:48
  14. 13 The Last American Cowboy The Bled 3:49
  15. 14 Hang 'Em High A Static Lullaby 3:55
  16. 15 Daniel, Where's the Boat? Drop Dead, Gorgeous 2:27
  17. 16 Mushroom River He Is Legend 3:56
  18. 17 Come Clarity In Flames 4:13
  19. 18 Reignite the Fires It Dies Today 3:29
  20. 19 Timeless Winter Into Eternity 3:24
  21. 20 The Failsafe Misery Signals 5:20
  22. 21 Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party Fear Before the March of Flames 2:42
  23. 1 PSA Rise Against 0:18
  24. 2 Amber Changing Rise Against 2:52
  25. 3 This Is the End Anti-Flag 3:9
  26. 4 VIP The Casualties 3:11
  27. 5 Bust Tropical No Trigger 2:28
  28. 6 Instinct Strike Anywhere 2:42
  29. 7 The La-Z-Boy 500 Falcon 2:52
  30. 8 Don't Care The Briggs 2:51
  31. 9 Horse Girl These Arms Are Snakes 3:7
  32. 10 Patent Pending Heavens 3:45
  33. 11 Break the Silence [Previously Unreleased] So They Say 3:8
  34. 12 Life Camp [Previously Unreleased] Crash Romeo 4:24
  35. 13 Ready and Willing [Previously Unreleased] Self Against City 2:51
  36. 14 Wine Red The Hush Sound 2:32
  37. 15 Via Invested Damiera 3:11
  38. 16 Ultra High Paulson 3:15
  39. 17 The Dutch Courage The Spill Canvas 3:56
  40. 18 Campfire Kaddisfly 4:43
  41. 19 Control Freak Copeland 3:46
  42. 20 Untouched & Intact [Previously Unreleased] The Honorary Title 3:3
  43. 21 Don't Call [Previously Unreleased] The Secret Handshake 3:25
  44. 22 Indian Lover Lakes 3:55
  45. 1 PSA [DVD] The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus null:null
  46. 2 Face Down [DVD] The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus null:null
  47. 3 Studying Politics [DVD] Emery null:null
  48. 4 My Darkest Hour [DVD] Scary Kids Scaring Kids null:null
  49. 5 Hang 'Em High [DVD] A Static Lullaby null:null
  50. 6 New Moon Over Swift Water [DVD] Kaddisfly null:null
  51. 7 Calling All Cars [DVD] Senses Fail null:null
  52. 8 Here in Your Arms [DVD] Hellogoodbye null:null
  53. 9 Papercut Skin [DVD] The Matches null:null
  54. 10 Hair [DVD] The Early November null:null
  55. 11 The Space Between [DVD] Valencia null:null
  56. 12 Monster [DVD] Meg & Dia null:null
  57. 13 Spectacle [DVD] Tokyo Rose null:null
  58. 14 Brother [DVD] Murder by Death null:null
  59. 15 Patent Pending [DVD] Heavens null:null
  60. 16 This Is the End [DVD] Anti-Flag null:null
  61. 17 Mutiny! [DVD] Set Your Goals null:null
  62. 18 Instinct [DVD] Strike Anywhere null:null
  63. 19 History [DVD] Funeral for a Friend null:null
  64. 20 The Last American Cowboy [DVD] The Bled null:null
  65. 21 The New Black [DVD] Every Time I Die null:null
  66. 22 In Regards to Myself [DVD] Underoath null:null
  67. 23 Severe Emotional Distress [DVD] Into Eternity null:null
  68. 24 Crossing the Rubicon [DVD] The Human Abstract null:null
  69. 25 A Trigger Full of Promise [DVD] Walls of Jericho null:null
  70. 26 Vegas Baby Vegas [DVD] Divide the Day null:null
  71. 27 My Love, My Love [DVD] Zao null:null
  72. 28 Lost [DVD] Terror null:null
  73. 29 Eagles Become Vultures [DVD] Converge null:null

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