TARAKANY!: Fear and Hatred / The Best is Enemy of the Good / Freedom Street

Three albums (one a reissue of a 2002 album, one a “best of” and one apparently a recent release) from a Russian punk band. From what I can glean via the English explanations of some of the songs, their lyrics are of the substantive variety, and I give ’em much respect for trying to have a point deeper than “Look at me! I’m snotty and clever,” but I gotta admit their “modern” punk sound sounded about as uninteresting as most other bands mining similar territory. A little more edge to the sonic package and I’d be right on board with ’em.

 –jimmy (Zurich Chainsaw Massacre)