Jan 11, 2011

Despite the band’s pedigree and supergroup status of sorts, None More Black’s third disc for Fat—Icons—is a mixed bag. Firstly, the disc just isn’t a very fun listen. The songs don’t seem to do more than simmer and bounce along without ever really kicking into gear. There are a few bright spots, like “I’m Warning You with Peace and Love” and the disc’s closer, “Budapest Gambit” but, unfortunately, there are too few and too far between to warrant many repeated listens. Secondly, the disc is a bit too overproduced for my ears and not in the typical Fat way. Think more of an Offspring, radio-toned way. Lastly, Jason Shevchuk’s bellow became pretty monotonous pretty quick.

 –Garrett Barnwell (Fat Wreck Chords)