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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

Lonely Road (Virgin)

Pointless screaming? Over-pronouncing vowels in a nasally emo fashion? Check. Cheesy songs about war/the earth's plight? Synths to make the album sound trendy? Check. In short, the band's second album has everything you'd expect from a 2009 screamo album. While it sounds contrived at times, that's not to say these conventions don't work. "Godspeed," an anti-war song set during the Vietnam War, is one of the best moments. "Believe," though, does not work at all. With lyrics like "Don't worry world/I feel your pain/And it's a shame" you wonder if singer Ronnie Winter would have made this album if he really felt the world's pain. Mandy Savoie

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