JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: The Audacity of Hype: CD

The Good: Biafra’s lyrics remain as witty and topical as ever, and the band he’s recruited lean more towards his collaborations with the Melvins than Lard, whose output always wavered between “wow” and “ugh” for me. There are no overt, pointed criticisms of Obama leveled here, but I think it’s a safe bet they will be along shortly, with good reason. The Bad: While the band knows how to milk the most out of a groove, the bulk of the songs are a bit long. Probably an odd and petty complaint, but it seems to me the point to some of the songs here could’ve been made more succinctly in about half the time. Chalk it up to personal preference. The Ugly: It seems the more time passes, the more relevant the bulk of Biafra’s work becomes. If anything, the social order he’s lampooned and railed against since the 1970s is regressing rather than progressing.

 –jimmy ( Alternative Tentacles)