The loss of the Exploding Hearts in a tragic car wreck is one of the most depressing things to happen musically in the last few years. In this current scene, where 70's / 80's retro has become the hottest ticket around, the `Hearts stopped in to drop this `lil bombshell. If you scream for all the dreamy neo / retro punk / post-punk bands like Rapture, Hot Hot Heat, the Strokes et al. then please do yourself a big favor and pick up this release. It will kick in the door with its blazing raw punk beats (ala The Fall, The Clash, etc) punch those pretty boy bands in the nose , take their best girl and toss her on the back of their bike, and leave a big cloud of smoke and rubber in their driveway. There's the throwback love saga "Jailbird", there's the anathematic "Boulevard Trash", the blistering "I'm a Pretender", the very Clash-y "Rumours in Town". And if it were still the eighties, "Sleeping Aides and Razor Blades" would be the off kilter radio hit. Crap, lets face it every track on this album absolutely goes toe down, leaving you crying with a black eye and a big fat lip. Then there's "Modern Kicks", that's probably one of the best songs this decade, if not ever. A fired up guitar mugging of a song that has everything a classic song should have... shouting punk chorus, scorching guitar riffs and solos, and lead vocals delivered with a sneer. At a battle of the bands, it would be standing there laughing while those other MTV bands ran crying for their mommy.