ONE CHOICE WIN: Never Suspend Disbelief: CD

I like ‘80s style youth crew hardcore for the most part, and I wanted to like this album more than I did. Bands like Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, New Mexican Disaster Squad, and Kid Dynamite have a way of really inspiring the ol’ hardcore pride in me. Musically, One Choice Win is pretty on the mark, and lyrically they touch all the bases about thinking for yourself, keeping dreams alive, etc… The problem with the band is that the vocalist keeps coming off as whiny and annoying rather than inspiring. Being a bad singer in this type of band is almost a feat considering how so many great hardcore singers like Civ and Kevin Seconds are technically really limited, but great none the less. Minus the vocals, this has some potential, but, until then, I think Deny Everything from Germany and NMDS might be the best bands currently playing this brand of punk.

 –Adrian (Jump Start)