Jersey natives the Bouncing Souls are nothing short of legendary when it comes to 90’s and 00’s punk rock, while turning in 2 decades of great live performances and equally good, shout-it-out sing along albums, none of which have managed to put a damper on the band. They continue this trend of great tunes on their latest release “Comet”, which was released Tuesday on Rise Records.
The album starts with the uptempo “Baptized” that channels the late 90’s Souls records. The second track “Fast Times’ recalls what could be called the bands “heyday” album How I Spent My Summer Vacation with a slight reggae tinged chorus propelled by bassist Bryan Kienlen, and a guitar lead by Pete Steinkopf that is straight out of the handbook of Social D’s Mike Ness.
“Static” is another standout track, that finds the Souls in familiar territory, calling out the general stagnancy of modern music. “Coin toss girl” has a vulnerable heartfelt progression that is like a more poppy “Lean on Sheena”, a cover song from the band’s Gold Album. “We Love Fun” is a classic shout along that will surely be a fan favorite at future shows. “Infidel” is another high energy, uptempo track that has enough backing “whoa’s” to make Less Than Jake jealous, and I mean that in the best possible way.
All in all, there’s really no sleepers on this album, though the record only contains 10 songs, the least amount to ever be featured on any Souls previous LP release. It’s certainly worth picking up for Souls fans. Don’t expect much growth from the band, as the Souls have almost always relied on the same overall dynamic, and it is for that reason that most of their fans have such an affinity for the band over the course of their long and illustrious career.
You can be sure that at least some of the songs on this record will find a place in your heart, and some replay value with your car stereo this Summer, which is without a doubt, the best time to crank any record by the Bouncing Souls.
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