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Straight Ahead
     

Straight Ahead

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by Pennywise
 

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Ten years after releasing their first disc, Pennywise still sound like they mean it, maaan -- "it" being the assurance that the Man is out to screw you over and might succeed if not for the healing powers of three-chord punk. As ever, Jim Lidberg's drill-instructor-styled bark gets the message across extremely effectively, especially on more in-your-face outbursts

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Ten years after releasing their first disc, Pennywise still sound like they mean it, maaan -- "it" being the assurance that the Man is out to screw you over and might succeed if not for the healing powers of three-chord punk. As ever, Jim Lidberg's drill-instructor-styled bark gets the message across extremely effectively, especially on more in-your-face outbursts like "Greed" and "F*ck the Government." Likewise, guitarist Fletcher Dragge trots out a handful of new tricks -- some lifted from the notebooks of longtime collaborator Brett Gurewitz -- without losing the tightly wound vibe that spurs the tunes forward. While this, the quartet's sixth full-length, does show a few signs of a slowdown (most noticeably on the overly polished single "Alien"), there's still a palpable sense of purpose that separates Pennywise from their more mainstreamed peers. Just as importantly, the all-out heaviness of sound (see "My Own Country" and the booming title track) remains unslimmed, making Pennywise the surf punkers least likely to be converted to Muzak down the road.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pennywise pulled together impressively after the suicide of Jason Thirsk, as Full Circle proved. Straight Ahead finds them carrying on, turning out an album that rivals its predecessor. In many ways, it's the same album as its predecessor, and that's a problem with traditionalist punk bands in the late '90s: By adhering to their ideals, they leave themselves little room for artistic growth, which means all their albums pretty much sound the same. In the case of Pennywise, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, since they're a very good, very tight band. Even if their albums are similar, they're all enjoyable, which means Straight Ahead is a solid record that will please fans, even if it does raise the question of where the band should go from here.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/1999
Label:
Epitaph / Ada
UPC:
0045778655328
catalogNumber:
86553

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Straight Ahead 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pennywise is definately one of the better punk bands out there, in my opinion, this is one of their best cd's, but the other one's are good also, obviously two of the best songs on this cd are victim of reality and alien, bad cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
pennywise remain true the core ethic of punk, unlike bands such as green day or to an extent offspring who seem to have gone the way of radio play vs the true punk fans, pennywise's straight ahead sees the band back on form. riff after riff of fast powerchord rich music. jim is on top form with his vocals and the album is a classic, blink 182 fans should take a listen to this and will instantly be converted to punk at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If u like the California sound: Bad Religion, Unwritten Law, Blink 182, u will love this. Bad Religion-like in their harmonies, Pennwise takes it one step further with their sheer speed. The opening track Greed is a punk-rock classic!