NOFX continue to release stellar punk rock albums after all these years. Their last album Coaster was one of my favorites from the group. Self Entitled is similar, but not sure it’s as good.
These songs are decent but it was something about the Coaster album that a lot of tracks stood out from their entire discography. This album has songs about politics and religion; their usually forte. The silly songs aren’t really on Self Entitled and the songs are darker and aggressive. I usually enjoy those goofy tracks, particularly in recent years about trying to be friends with people that believe in God and trying to pick Tegan and Sara.
“72 Hookers” opens up the album with a nice guitar riff intro. Based on the title, you can tell it’s about Islamic extremists. Definitely a great way to start off the album! Most of the songs on here are straightforward and super fast. This album barely seems like it’s a half hour long.
“I Believe in Goddess” is a quick tune that starts off sounding like something old Dead Kennedys would have done. “Buzzbomb” or something like that comes to mind. “Secret Society” is another one I enjoyed listened to. One song that kind of annoys me is “I, Fatty.” The song itself isn’t the problem, it’s just the chorus where it gets annoyingly repetitive.
I think the problem with this album is most of the songs sort of sound the same, and almost become a NOFX cliche. Fast guitar riffs, Fat Mike speaks some words that sound like every song, speak some more, chorus, repeat. The difference between Coaster and their other albums in recent memory is that the songs were different and stood out to me. I believe NOFX could do better but with all that said, Self-Entitled is not an entirely bad album.
Bottom Line: Could have been better.
Notable Tracks: 72 Hookers, I Believe in Goddess, Secret Society
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