BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME: Third Time’s A Charm: CD

Mainstream pop punk in 2008 is a much different machine than it was in the mid ‘90s. Today, Green Day’s shtick is more political than it is introspective, Blink 182 no longer exist, The Offspring exist solely in the valiant pursuit of making their next record worse than their last (succeeding considerably so far), and the rest of the decade’s ephemera barely cling to relevance by the edge of their fingernails. Face it, BLNT, there’s not much of a market for the most lyrically bland and sonically uninspired backwash to not make the Y2K cutoff when it’s ten years too late. If you’re in it for the big money, you’re much better off trying to turn “emo.”

 –Reyan (World, [email protected])