MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, THE: A Jackknife to a Swan: CD

Familiarity is comforting. I think I missed a few of their releases through the years but their music remains consistent. I pop this on and it feels like an old friend. Dicky’s vocals are raspy but continue to improve with age. I had heard some members have changed through the years, but I’m not one to notice too much. After the influx of ska bands in the ‘90s that overburdened most people, I am finally able to listen to that style more often. MMB always had their own identity amongst the copycats. They have an identifiable sound that they could call their own – mixture of their punk roots integrated with their love for ska, reggae, and melody. Fans who have strayed will enjoy this as much as their loyal ones who will have this on the day it comes out. I know I did. It’s a good sign when I can listen to a release straight through and not pass over any songs.

 –don (Side One Dummy)