BITTER GROUNDS: Hollowlands: CD

This debut album from Amsterdam’s Bitter Grounds is a catchy, highly produced release. They play streetpunk reminiscent of what was popular during the 1990s explosion of that subgenre. Its members have been in bands for over twenty years, so there’s an undeniable maturity to the lyrics. The singer has a unique expressiveness, which, coupled with his annunciation, makes for an excellent vocal track. This CD is potentially commercial, without lacking any integrity whatsoever. It’s definitely an album worth seeking out. Sometimes not reinventing the wheel strengthens the wheel, and Bitter Grounds gets that not so subtle point. –Art Ettinger (Nextpunk, nextpunk.com)