Punk Goes Pop Vol. 4 offers solid line-up

Marian Hooks

Every year, Fearless Records puts out a compilation CD called Punk Goes…. and in past years there have been Punk Goes Acoustic, Punk Goes Crunk, Punk Goes 90s and most recently, Punk Goes Pop Volume 4. For months, fans eagerly await the chosen bands and the songs the bands decided to cover. The album, mostly fantastic, travels through its share of mostly ups, but a few downs.

Starting off the album the right way, Pierce the Veil covers Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” Lead vocalist, Vic Fuentes powers through the song with his well-placed screechy vocals and the band brings out a more rocking sound to a poppy song, making it its own.

Australia’s Tonight Alive’s cover of Mumford and Sons “Little Lion Man” nears itself to perfection. Turning a total folk song into pure rock and roll, lead female vocalist Jenna McDougall gives listeners what they want with an upbeat attitude.

Woe, Is Me’s cover of Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” isn’t the best. There are certain parts of songs that shouldn’t be screamed, and the song is mostly screams. It would have been nice to hear more of new lead vocalist Hance Alligood’s voice. The song would have been better if there was an even amount of screaming and singing.

The most humorous song on the album is The Ready Set (featuring Mod Sun) covering Wiz Kahlifa’s “Roll Up.” Hearing a pure pop artist rap is different, but different is fun.

Sleeping with Siren’s cover of CeeLo Green’s “F*** You” is as well done as Pierce the Veil’s cover. The tint of post-hardcore meshed with powerful vocals make this song wonderful.

The best cover on the album is Go Radio covering Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. Lead vocalist Jason Lancaster has an ideal voice for an Adele song. Lancaster’s deep vocals put the listener in the song and the emotion he put into the song overflows from there.

For All Those Sleeping’s cover of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” makes me cringe. The amount of screaming ruins the cover and is simply excessive.

French band, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! covers Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.” It’s fun listening to them because it’s easy to hear the French accents. There is a little screaming, but it’s not too much, which makes the song easier to listen to.

A Skylit Drive’s cover of Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” is also surprisingly good with screams during the rapping parts, which is what I expected.

I don’t know what Fearless Records was thinking when it put Allstar Weekend on the album. It’s fine that it covers Chris Brown’s “Yeah 3X,” but they’re a Disney Channel boy band. However, the cover was surprisingly better than I expected it to be.

I See Stars covers Britney Spears’ song “‘Till the World Ends.” It’s a fun and danceable cover. The band made it so the screaming didn’t end up in awkward places.

The second best cover on this album is Silverstein’s cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway.” The band nailed this song.

Ending the album is The Downtown Fiction covering Nikki Minaj’s song “Super Bass.” Like The Ready Set, the band raps this song and makes the album humorous but fun. The album ended with a bang.

This album is worth a listen and a buy and deserves four out of five stars.