GENERATORS, THE: The Winter of Discontent: CD

The opening track, “Walking Away,” sounds like a late-period Agent Orange outtake. The bulk of the remainder dances on the pop line in the sand Doug’s been straddling since the Schleprock days, although the songs here have an almost “epic” feel to them, and are sometimes vaguely reminiscent of Bad Religion’s slower efforts. The last two songs are a bit of a departure from the rest—one sports an almost country twang and the other is reminiscent of Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were the Days”—and show these guys aren’t afraid to stretch a little, although both probably would’ve hit the mark more accurately with stronger arrangements. All in all, worth blasting in the stereo.

 –jimmy (Sailor’s Grave)