This is everything the Chicago hardcore outfit recorded, including three previously unreleased songs. The intensity stays high throughout the release, but the mood and tempos vary and the almost pop song structures provide a good skeleton for the music. The lyrics almost all deal with queer/feminist issues, but are written in a very personal way, based on experience instead of rhetoric. The way the songs are written seem to provide more inspiration to those in similar positions than straight-ahead political songs, and also force understanding out of cisgendered, white males. Every song is a lone, powerful statement and they add up to a positive, inclusive collection that is a great retrospective of a sadly underrated band. Highest recommendations!
–Ian Wise (Not Normal, [email protected])