On the Impossible Past

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On the Impossible Past
The menzingers - on the impossible past.jpg
Studio album by The Menzingers
Released February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)
Recorded 2011
Genre Punk rock, heartland rock
Length 41:31
Label Epitaph
Producer Matt Allison
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On the Possible Past
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EP by The Menzingers
Released February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)
Recorded 2011
Genre Acoustic, punk rock
Length 22:01
Label Epitaph

On the Impossible Past is the third studio album by American punk rock band The Menzingers. It was released through Epitaph Records on February 20, 2012. The album was met with widespread acclaim by music critics, with aggregating website Metacritic calculating an average score of 93 out of 100.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, composed and performed by The Menzingers

No. Title Length
1. "Good Things" 2:23
2. "Burn After Writing" 3:03
3. "The Obituaries" 3:17
4. "Gates" 4:04
5. "Ava House" 3:41
6. "Sun Hotel" 3:51
7. "Sculptors and Vandals" 2:10
8. "Mexican Guitars" 3:08
9. "On the Impossible Past" 1:33
10. "Nice Things" 3:28
11. "Casey" 3:42
12. "I Can't Seem to Tell" 3:05
13. "Freedom Bridge" 4:12
Total length: 41:31

On The Possible Past[edit]

Preorders of the album came with a cassette titled "On The Possible Past" which featured demos recorded during the winter/spring of 2011. The collection was then released on a one time pressing of 1000 on green vinyl on Epitaph Records.[2]

  1. "Good Things" 2:18
  2. "Burn" 2:15
  3. "Ava" 2:46
  4. "Sun Hotel" 3:51
  5. "Sculptors and Vandals" 2:22
  6. "Casey" 3:18
  7. "I Can't Seem to Tell" 2:33
  8. "Freedom Bridge" 2:38

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 93/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
AbsolutePunk 9.5/10[4]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music favorable[6]
Exclaim! favorable[7]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[8]
PopMatters 8/10[9]
Rock Sound 8/10[10]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
This Is Fake DIY 8/10[12]

On The Impossible Past garnered critical acclaim upon its release.[1] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream music critics, the album received an average score of 93, based on nine reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim."[1] Allmusic writer Gregory Heaney awarded the album four stars out of five and praised its "wryly nostalgic performance, giving a nod to their punk roots as they embrace the rugged earnestness of the Rust Belt with songs about broken hearts, loneliness, and self-doubt."[3] Thomas Nassiff of AbsolutePunk called the album "sweeping, driven, masterful" as he scored it a near-perfect 9.5/10. He confessed that despite "review[ing] albums every week, I just can’t seem to fully explain my adoration", before summarising "is an album that should have come out decades ago...this is something that has no expiration date."[4]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
AbsolutePunk United States AP.net Staff List: Top 30 Albums of 2012[13] 2012 1
Frontier Psychiatrist The Top 50 Albums of 2012[14] 26
Metacritic Best Under-the-Radar Releases[15] 2
Punknews Best of 2012 - Staff Picks[16] 1
Sputnikmusic Staff’s Top 50 Albums of 2012[17] 25
Kerrang! United Kingdom The K! Critics' Top 101 Albums of the Year[18] 13
Rock Sound The 50 Best Albums of 2012[19] 1
This Is Fake DIY DIY Albums of 2012[20] 20
Thrash Hits The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012[21] 6

Personnel[edit]

The Menzingers
  • Tom May – Guitar, Vocals
  • Joe Godino – Drums
  • Greg Barnett – Guitar, Vocals
  • Eric Keen - Bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "On The Impossible Past Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.punknews.org/article/49818/the-menzingers-to-release-on-the-possible-past-on-vinyl
  3. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory (21 February 2012). "Review: On The Impossible Past". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Nassiff, Thomas (10 February 2012). "The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past". AbsolutePunk (Buzz Media). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (March 2012). "Anthemic Escapism". Alternative Press. No. 284. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. p. 98. ISSN 1065-1667. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Alistair (29 February 2012). "Stunning third album from maudlin Pennsylvania punks". BBC Music (British Broadcast Corporation). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Villeneuve, Nicole (29 February 2012). "The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past". Exclaim! (Ontario, Inc). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  8. ^ McMahon, James (18 February 2012). "Awe-inspiring third outing from Pennsylvania punk poets". Kerrang!. No. 1402. Bauer Media Group. pp. 50–51. ISSN 0262-6624. 
  9. ^ Lepore, Steve (27 February 2012). "The Menzingers: On the Impossible Past". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Bangs, Amy (3 February 2012). "Zzzzzzzzzing!". Rock Sound (Freeway Press, Inc). Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Boy, Davey (19 February 2012). "The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Compton, Adam (20 February 2012). "The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Tate, Jason (3 December 2012). "AP.net Staff List: Top 30 Albums of 2012". AbsolutePunk (Buzz Media). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Lopez, L. V (7 December 2012). "The Top 50 Albums of 2012". Frontier Psychiatrist. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  15. ^ Dietz, Jason (21 December 2012). "The Best Albums of 2012". Metacritic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Staff (28 December 2012). "Best of 2012 - Staff Picks". Punknews (Buzz Media). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Freeman, Channing (3 January 2013). "Staff’s Top 50 Albums of 2012: 30 – 11". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "EOY 2012 - Kerrang ! (UK)". Acclaimedmusic.net. 28 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Staff (21 December 2012). "Features: Rock Sound’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012 Part Five!". Rock Sound (Freeway Press). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Jamieson, Sarah (6 December 2013). "DIY Albums Of 2012: 20-11". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  21. ^ Doyle, Tom (13 December 2013). "The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012". Thrash Hits. Retrieved 3 April 2013.