CHELSEA: Faster, Cheaper, and Better Looking: CD

Aug 15, 2006

A new one from this venerated U.K. punk group, featuring twelve new tunes. The sound isn’t quite as incendiary as in days past, but they remain in good shape musically, with things more on the rock side of the equation but with just enough bite to keep you on your toes. Most puzzling here is a song called “KXLU (Radio).” Is someone in the band living out here now, or were they just impressed enough by a webcast back home to pen a tune about L.A.’s most beloved college radio station? Or, most sinisterly, is this some form of payola?

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)