Bit of a premature review, as i've only listened to it once through and only on my laptops speakers. Can't really get a good listen till i've got a copy on vinyl and have it blasting through my stereo (which i did with my new copy of Cocksparrer - Forever this morning, fucking aye).
When I got into punk as a 14/15 year old through skate boarding and the like, I listened to allot of stuff i would now not bother with, Rancid are one of the only bands that got me into punk that I still fucking love. It's fun, poppy but with some rough sincerity. I also really dig their lyrical style, it's slightly more interesting and artistic than the typical "fuckwar, fuck mcdonalds but spike your hair and spend all your money on heavily taxed items like alcohol" type lyrics you find in street punk, there's a lucid street level poetic aspect to it. A neat story telling ability that puts you in the moment.
I feel like this album serves them slightly more truer to their sound than their 2015 album or that Let the Dominoes fall bollox i only listend to half way through all those years ago.
I really like it, 'All american Neighbourhood' has some 'RANCID 2000' stylings, theres some usual rancid rocksteady influence there which they meld into their sound really well as always. ' Chucked in a piano on 'Bovver boy ROCKnROll' which to be honest is pretty misguided attempt on paying homage to that styling, and is subsequently a kind of a weak track. "beauty of a poolhall" is the only song that really jumped out at me, most songs dont really stand out significantly, but they did themselves proud by pulling out the same tempo punkrock they have usually produced.
They video is fitting with them playing in one of their 'dad/mancave sheds' which is a presumabley an honest porthole into their contemporary lives, they all look a bit older and chubbier, Lars is obviously dressed like a colourful accountant as he is accustomed to since he converted to skinheadism, Tim looks kind of like a cross between a crazy homeless guy i used to see in at Newtown WINZ and Tom Anderson.
I kind of like this album, I'm kind of drunk and sitting infront of my computer so I will probably jump on discogs and order it now, then wake up in the morning, see this post, the missing money in my bank account the empty beer bottles all over my floor and question my life choices once again which i usually do on sunday mornings...
Anyhow, noone abouve 18 really takes this band seriously and I imagine Sam Deformed is the only one on Punkas.com that actually cares about this album