May 16, 2014
The So So Glows - 'Blowout'
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7 / 10 ‘Blowout’ is what pop-punk used to sound like in the ’90s; thrashy, unreconstructed party-rock of the Bad Religion variety. Compared to the raucous sound of The Clash et al, US punk can often sound sanitised and vaguely anodyne. But in comparison to, say, Paramore, ‘Blowout’ is full-on dirty, chipped-tooth, DIY scrapping, balancing pop-punk’s gloss – big choruses and pop melodies – with a sense of anti-establishment mischief. Of the 12 tracks featured, eight are ludicrously catchy, Green Day’s ‘Dookie’-grade gems, highlights including ‘Lost Weekend’ (pop-punk perfection), ‘Son Of An American’ (a clean-cut Japandroids) and ‘Speakeasy’ (The Strokes’ ‘Someday’ meets 22-forever skater-punk). Marred only by waltzy ballad ‘Island Ridin’’, ‘Blowout’ is for fans of feeling good about life. Pop-punk minus the emo gloom.
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