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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.
|Label:||Epitaph / Ada|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!