By No Use For A Name
Although punk rock veterans, with twenty years under their belt, No Use For A Name have now released an album that seems to take in influences of too many new wave bands and forgets about what made them great in the first place. Yes the tracks are catchy and melodic, but not in a good way. Recorded at the Blasting Room (where Good Riddance just mastered their last live album) with Bill Stevenson (who is now touring with The Lemonheads), the band are very tighter than ever, but are softening up too much, maybe trying to fit into today's type of punk (which in itself should not exist). The tracks do emphasise a few of their past songs, and it could well be described as an album full of old tracks which are actually new songs.
I don't know about "feel good record of the year"; it's a good effort but far from the holder of that title.