CRIMINAL RISK, A: The Art of Dropping Names: CD

From what I can gather, these guys have been kicking around the tri-state area for a while now and the band may have undergone a lineup change since this CD was recorded. That said, it was hard for me to find much to get excited about on this release. There is certainly nothing wrong with the material presented here—eight tracks of mid-tempo melodic pop punk—there just isn’t enough here to distance themselves from the countless other bands who are going for the same sound. If only Fat Mike got a nickel for every band that worked this sound, he would be a very, very wealthy man.

 –Garrett Barnwell (Self-released, [email protected])