Good Riddance “My Republic”

Album Reviews | Nov 30th, 2006

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Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
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I’ve listened to Good Riddance here & there but not as much as I should. I think I just ended up giving the CDs to my friends to review instead. I guess that was a mistake on my part but hey, I can’t review everything! From what I heard in the past, their music has been more west coast hardcore-punk than just straight up punk. Either way, I like what I hear.

The band still has an edge after all these years. Of course there’s one or two songs on here that are slower/softer than others but who wants to record nothing but fast aggressive songs all the time. I think the best songs on the album start with “Tell Me Why” to “Darkest Days.” I kept trying to pick out notable tracks and just think every song between those tracks are great. Well obviously those aren’t the only good songs on the album but it’s a nice block of tunes. The album’s production is fantastic, thanks to The Descendents’ drummer/Producer extraordinaire Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. Good Riddance’s former drummer Sean Sellers comes back to drum for the band as well. To me, the only downfall is the album is too short. I guess time flies when you’re listening to something good. If you like bands like the Descendents, Only Crime and NOFX; you should get this new Good Riddance album!

Bottom Line: Rockin’ punk rock album with some intelligent and thought provoking lyrics.
Notable Tracks: Shame, Torches and Tragedies, Darkest Days, Rise and Fall
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