Burning at Both Ends

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This article is about the Set Your Goals album. For the song by Nik Kershaw, see The Works (Nik Kershaw album).
Burning at Both Ends
Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends.jpg
Studio album by Set Your Goals
Released June 28, 2011
Genre Melodic hardcore, pop punk[1]
Length 53:33
Label Epitaph
Producer Brian McTernan, Mike Green
Set Your Goals chronology
This Will Be the Death of Us
Burning at Both Ends

Burning at Both Ends is the third studio album by American pop punk band Set Your Goals.


The song "Start the Reactor" was played during the band's set often in late 2010, prior to the release of a demo version of the song. On May 4, 2011, the band posted the song "Exit Summer" on YouTube and announced the release date for the album and track listing. On May 24, 2011, the band released the first single from the album, "Certain". The album was released on June 28. The title is taken from a recurring line in the song "Happy New Year". In October and November, the band supported New Found Glory on their Pop Punk's Not Dead tour of the U.S.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 56%[3]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[4]
Punknews.org 3/5 stars[5]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars[6]

Burning at Both Ends received mixed reviews from critics. Rock Sound, which gave the album 8 of 10, expressed "They’re back in irresistibly anthemic form, with just the right blend of punk attitude and pop genius. With ‘Burning At Both Ends’, the Bay Area sextet have further underlined their second-to-none pop-punk pedigree". Gregory Heaney of AllMusic, who gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, said "While the album is a solid specimen of melodic hardcore/pop-punk, the one major misstep comes by way of “Product of the 80’s,” which feels more like forced nostalgia than a leisurely stroll down memory lane, cramming the pop culture of the '80s down the listener's throat without even a hint of subtlety" and continued "All blunders aside, Burning at Both Ends is an album that has a lot to offer for Set Your Goals devotees, and might even make converts out of the uninitiated".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Cure for Apathy" 2:22
2. "Start the Reactor" 2:42
3. "Certain" 3:02
4. "Happy New Year" 3:16
5. "London Heathrow" 2:59
6. "Trenches" 3:03
7. "The Last American Virgin" 3:07
8. "Exit Summer" 2:25
9. "Unconditional" 3:26
10. "Product of the 80's" 2:42
11. "Raphael" 3:12
12. "Illuminated Youth" (featuring Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid) 2:48
13. "Not as Bad" (at 18:05 a hidden track begins) 18:53
Total length: 53:33


Set Your Goals[edit]

  • Jordan Brown – lead vocals, piano, keyboard, synth
  • Matt Wilson – lead vocals, programming
  • Michael Ambrose – drums, percussion
  • Joe Saucedo – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Audelio Flores, Jr. – rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Daniel Coddaire – lead guitar, programming

Recording and production staff[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 165
US Billboard Independent Albums 27
US Billboard Rock Albums 43


  1. ^ a b "Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Bird, Michele (August 15, 2011). "The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals join New Found Glory fall tour". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends Absolutepunk.net
  4. ^ Rausch, Will (July 13, 2011). "Set Your Goals: Burning at Both Ends". PopMatters. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends". punknews.org. Punknews.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends". rocksound.tv. Rock Sound. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Burning At Both Ends/バーニング・アット・ボス・エンズ". Sony Music Online Japan. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  8. ^ "Set Your Goals Burning at Both Ends - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2011.