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Angry Shout Along Hardcore From Punk Rock's Finest.........
on 20 February 2004
Well first of all, if you really liked ...And Out Come The Wolves and Life Won't Wait, then don't expect this to be much similar! Rancid (2000) - as it's known due to Rancid already having another self-titled album - is a record full of fine scream-along hardcore, with the average song clocking in well under 2 minutes.
The opening track Don Giovanni kicks the album off to a good start, lasting only 38 seconds before bursting straight into the ultra-angry Disgruntled.
It's not all screams and shouts though - songs such as Let Me Go, Radio Havana, Rwanda and Black Derby Jacket will for sure make you sing along with them in no time (well that's if you can reach Matt Freeman's low notes that he sings in Black Derby Jacket anyway!).
A great thing about this album is how the singing is spread out pretty well - Lars Frederiksen, Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman each have very different types of voices to each other and this gives the album a nice mixture. Of course, as you'd expect in any Rancid album, Matt Freeman's bass playing is completely out of this world! If you thought his solo in Maxwell Murder from Out Come The Wolves was good, well you aint heard nothing until you hear the masterpiece of four-stringing soloing that takes place during Axiom.
The thing I really like about this album, and I suppose, the thing that seperates it from other Rancid records, is how there isn't a quiet or slightly more laid-back moment throughout. Right from Don Giovanni through to the brilliant GGF, this album is full of pure, fast-paced, punk energy. And with 22 songs in less than 40 minutes, there really isn't any room for dull moments.
Best tracks - Let Me Go, Dead Bodies, Antennas, Black Derby Jacket, Young Al Capone, GGF
Most impressive moment - the aforementioned bass solo by Matt Freeman in Axiom
There, I've told you all you pretty much need to know - now go buy, buy, buy!!!!!!!! (oh, and if there any other rancid albums you aint got, go buy them too - it's all good!)