I think it’s safe to call this the “highly anticipated Fat Wreck” debut, right? While it’s not a drastic departure from anything they’ve done before (I hear the Jawbreaker and other influences still), there’s interesting little bits that throw you at first listen (“How’d they get the guitar to sound like that?” “This kind of reminds me of Superchunk”). Overall, it’s solid, though it has that weird “problem” where if I’m not careful, I’ll find myself listening to a few of my personal highlights over and over again (particularly “Central Standard,” “Pensacola,” and “Vacant Lot”) instead of just listening to the whole thing all the way through. I think this is their best sounding record yet.
–joe (Fat Wreck)