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DIGIPACK CD -EAN 8714092042726-HELICAT-2000 -MADE IN THE NETHERLANDS
Critics love to throw mud at Rancid. After all, they say, Rancid have sold out; Rancid aren't punk enough; Rancid don't stand for anything; Rancid can't play and they certainly can't sing; Rancid rip off the Clash at every turn, etc. While Rancid have certainly wrestled with all of these catcalls, one high-volume spin of Rancid is more than enough to convince even the most self-righteous punk that the pride of the Bay Area are back with a ragged vengeance. Gone are the reggae, ska, and dub experiments of Life Won't Wait: in their place is a furious attack of guitars, yelling, and more guitars. From its cover to the mostly illegible lyric sheet and on to the chaos inside, Rancid is paint-peeling punk rock of the highest order. Most of the 22 songs on this recording clock in at well under two minutes, and there are absolutely no ballads. Guitars are driven to within inches of meltdown, the bass careens just barely in control and vocals are delivered with raging conviction and sometimes even a touch of melody.
No, the notes aren't always right, and nothing here is presented with polish or precision, but what Rancid might lack in virtuoso technique they more than make up for in intensity. Songs like "Antennas" and "It's Quite Alright" are lean, tough, and gritty. This recording never lets up, never takes a breath, and never compromises. That's punk. --S Duda
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One of Americas best and most talented bands has returned and the material on this cd is enough to make your stereo short circuit.
Their new offering is far harder than any of their others, energy filled guitar riffs, awe inspiring bass solos and Tim armstrongs vocals make this hard to beat.
The cd starts off with Don giovani, all 46 secs of it and after that listeners are in for a treat, the best songs being RWANDA, RADIO HAVANA, DEAD BODIES, POISON and AXIOM (mega bass solo) to name a few. There new material almost falls into the hardcore punk catagories but do not let this put you off, if you like any of their other stuff drop everything and buy this now.
This album gives pop-punk a swift kick in the balls!!.
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!)
Opener `Don Giovanni' is a slick, confrontational introduction that bursts out at a catatonic speed to set the pulse racing and from there on in it doesn't let its hold slip for a second. Each track flashes past at a manic speed, each boasting of the trademark catches previous Rancid material has. The two-year silence from the band in terms of new material has now been broken with a loud bang and has additionally been proven to be well worth it.
Outstanding tracks such as the brutal `Disgruntled', brilliant `Poison', incredibly catchy `Rwanda', `Rattlesnake' and the roaring `Axiom', with the trademark slick bass solo Matt Freeman is known for, are a few of the great tracks that stand out, though Freeman's lead vocal (on tracks such as `Black Derby Jacket') is a touchy area that is purely down to personal preference. His singing is a pretty much a love/hate phenomenon and so might taint the listeners view on the actual songs he takes lead on. This shouldn't be the case as no matter what your views are on his singing, the songs are just as strong as the others.
Perhaps for those who have little knowledge on Rancid, this would be a hard album to digest at once; it must be said that the sheer adrenaline and power that races through the entire album produces a blink-and-miss-it experience. Furthermore, it could be emphasised what this record is about but it really isn't needed. All you need to know is that it is perfect punk mayhem.
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