VIBRATORS, THE: Under the Radar: CD

Reviewing new discs by old bands can sometimes be a bit tricky. On the one hand, you wanna be supportive as hell because they’ve chosen not to go the easy route and just rely on the hits, but on the other, the odds of it being crucial ear candy are slim, at best. When you’re talking about a band like the Vibrators, the odds of success in the latter category decrease markedly because they’ve got one helluva back catalog with which to contend. That said, this ain’t anywhere near the likes of Pure Mania or V2, so don’t get yer hopes up. What it is, though, is a solid piece of mid-tempo, catchy U.K. punk rock done up by dudes who know their way around a hook. Is it crucial? I wouldn’t say so, but it is good, which is more than I can say about three-quarters of what I hear from bands one-third their age.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)