BESIDE MYSELF: Here’s to You: CD

This handily vacillates between poppy punk and stuff more akin to bands like Rumspringer, well written and possessing some effective hooks. My only problem here is a singer whose emoting distracts rather than complements the songs. A bit more nuance and actual singing and this would’ve been aces, right down to the unlisted cover of the Jam’s “That’s Entertainment,” instead of take it or leave it.

 –jimmy (La Escalera)