As you hear the opening roar of 'Sick Of It All' you know this album is all about fast, heavy, violent punk anthems with clever, witty lyrics. When you hear Brody's voice for the first time it's like a cannon ball hurtling towards you, nothing stands it's way, and it doesn't care if it knocks you straight over. Her voice is full of the pain and oppression that bands like Good Charlotte would sell their grandmas for. You hear the primal scream of 'I Am A Revenant' and the true meaning of her lyrics are felt. In fact, the first time I heard 'Young, Crazed Peeling' I felt a shiver right down my spine from the pure beauty of the song, the stucture, the vocals, the hook ladened chorus, all as perfect as punk is supposed to be.
But in songs like 'Bullet And The Bull's-eye' and the title track the real 'screw you' attitude comes to surface, with rapid and vicious backing, topped of with lyrics like, 'I am the bullet, you are the bull's-eye, When I hit there is nothing left' showing that Brody is blatantly not just a pretty face, but also a talented lyricist.
'City Of Angels', the Distillers mainstream breakthrough, is another song about the Los Angeles, that leaves the same mark as songs like 'Welcome To The Jungle.' The twisty and imaginative song words blend with heavy, fast guitar (Casper,Brody), Andy Outbreak's rapid and dominant drums as well as the simply superb bass provided by Ryan makes 'City Of Angels' a catchy and down-right hummable single that will make the Distillers, one day, as big as AFI or Rancid, knocking the corporate 'punk' bands of their high chair, bringing the world back to the glory days of Punk Rock.