I've been going to KB gigs since they first formed. I've got copies of EPs that are totally unavailable now. I loved the band and everything they stood for.
I feel like by this time though, Itch's ego had taken over. He's a great front man, but unfortunately that stage charisma doesn't come without arrogance. Before there was balance but now...
There are pop songs on this record. Not poppy punk songs about hanging landlords or reclaiming the streets, but full-on godawful pop songs. It might make all the young girls hearts beat faster, but it don't amuse this cynical old bastard. Wasted Words is probably the worst KB song. There are a few here to contend with it however.
I'm still not convinced Tim Armstrong from Rancid is actually on 'Booted out of Hell.' If he is, he doesn't add anything.
The band is clearly trying to experiment, but the album just sounds a mess. It hasn't got the charm of previous releases, and mainly feels stale.
There's auto-tune, and cheesy female vocals. It's perhaps not bad for a pop album, but aside from a few good moments, even the political lyrics feel tired.
Save your money, and if you haven't got them already, go buy any of their 3 other albums. They are all brilliant. Reckon they just done this one for the money.
Oh, and of course don't give up the struggle, there's battles to be fought :-)