I loved this album the first time I heard it, and the second time, and the third time and ....... I could go on forever, it is that good!! The first track, 'Maxwell Murder' just shows how well rancid work together, with THE BEST bass solo ever!! Now I could go on singing this albums praises, but i'm only allowed 1,000 words, so you will just have to trust in me! I was not a great fan of Punk when I got this album, more of a Blinlk, Sum, NFG fan. This however, has changed my views on not only Music, but the world as I see it. Some highlights are 'Junkie man', 'Wars end', 'time bomb' (some would say the best song Rancid have written ever!), I also love 'Oylimpia, Na'.
This is one of the most well known albums in todays punk genre but the difference between rancid and Blink 182, Sum 41, good Charlotte and more is that Rancids musicsounds more like the old punk of the late 70's as they have gained influence from such classic bands as the clash,the sex pistols and the exploited and this is what makes them so good. With songs varying from the well known roots radicals, to Ruby Soho and rancid classics such as Time Bomb which uses a PUNK/SKA type sound this album can truly be lablled amazing.
With this album Rancid have changed the rules. For all those who criticized them for sticking to the basics this maybe a welcome surprise. The band has blended punk, ska, ragae and many others into one brilliant album. They deal with many political issues such as racism but still find time to focus on the individual's problems. "Who Would've Thought" is an uplifting ballad rarely heard today. And that fast and heavy sound of theirs is still there in songs like Bloodclot and The Wolf.
This has to be the greatest album rancid have ever produced. Getting number 6 in the best punk albums of all time says a lot about it. Maxwell Murder starts the album off with a fast pace which slows slightly on the second song '11th hour'. There r fast and slow songs for fans of both style and the greatest rancid song of all time 'Ruby Soho' is on the album. Not as fast as there latest album but still just as good if not better. If u bothered to read this then u might aswell buy the cd...now....