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Album review: Rancid - 'Let The Dominos Fall'


Album review: Rancid – ‘Let The Dominos Fall’

Rancid have always been puzzling in the way they’ve chosen to combine their anarchist viewpoint with the most candy-assed dude-punk you’ve ever heard. I mean, really, if you take them away from Green Day and place them next to The Clash, it’s a joke. If you leave them in their little cartoon world then this isn’t a bad album – ‘East Bay Night’ and ‘This Place’ are perfectly likeable rabble-rousing pop-punk – though purists may be alarmed by a lurch into country (‘Civilian Ways’, pretty much like barf on a turd). They appear to be sincere in their sloganeering so you’ve got to admire them, but, really, the message of a song like ‘New Orleans’ gets seriously undermined by the shiny Busted balloon it’s caught inside.

Martin Robinson

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