SKIDS, THE: The Absolute Game: CD

The Captain’s website says this was their best selling album to date, and you can hear why. The Skids managed a feat here that so few of their contemporaries ever matched, namely cleaning up their sound and making it more marketable without losing a bit of their punk edge. The songs here are catchy as hell, bounce from one style to another to keep things from falling into one-dimensional stagnation, are matched with top-notch lyrics, and feature some seriously impressive guitar work by a guy who went on to greater fame in Big Country. Alex Ogg’s liner notes detail the band’s history and the back stories pertaining to this recording. As can be expected, a solid reissue.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)