7 SECONDS: Leave a Light On: LP/CD

It’s damn refreshing to know that some of punk rocks elder statesmen can still crank out an album of fist-pumping, singalong goodness, and that’s what 7 Seconds does here, a mere ten years after its last long player. Leave a Light On contains fourteen tracks that are more varied than those on that last album, throwing in some less frenetic, more harmonious songs to broaden the musical landscape without really altering the standard 7 Seconds blueprint. The underlying message remains one of positivity and it’s a great fillip on those darker days when one is feeling like no good can come from any interaction with the world. Does any band do hardcore with a poppy bent better than 7 Seconds? I think not. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Rise)