ALLVARET: Skam Och Skuld: LP

Dour Swedish punk is the order of the day here. I’m a little reticent to saddle it with the adjective “poppy” ’cause, catchy though it may be, the vibe is so fucking bleak at times that word seems too happy. None of this is meant as a dismissal. Quite the contrary, in fact—this is a solid album with some great goddamned songs, but the dark cloud is almost palpable. Recommended. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dirt Cult)