CAPITALIST KIDS, THE: Too Big to Fail: CD

Like its predecessor, this release is up to its neck in zippy, catchy pop punk. What separates ‘em from the pack here is their ability to meld Ramones/Queers thudding with All/Descendents’ more sophisticated chord choices, with a bit of geekcore buffing on the body. Also a bit off the beaten path is their lyrical dance between the political (and the sense to temper some very pointed commentary with a bit of humor) and the personal, which gives ‘em a bit more dimensionality in a sub-sub-genre that too often comes off more like vapid parody with each generation of Xeroxed, template-hugging band. As evidenced here, sometimes a little bit o’ brains makes a big diff.

 –jimmy (Grackle, no address)