Jan 05, 2022

This is Debt Neglector’s follow up to its 2017 debut album Atomicland and my hopes coming into my first listen were high based on how much I like that first LP. Those hopes were not just met but easily exceeded as Dirty Water consistently hits the spot across all fourteen tracks. It’s evident that the lyrical content has been formed by a high level of discontent with the Trump era and the fallout of his disastrous political reign. That anger is backed by a punchy, dynamic delivery. Despite the lyrics in “Anti-Trust” stating “it’s a sad day for America, the bastards always seem to win” sounding downcast, I come away from this album with more of an overriding sense of positivity. It’s good to know that not everyone is a selfish piece of shit. At times the feel of the songs remind me of Dillinger Four and that’s not a comparison I bandy around without there being some clear basis for it. As far as melodic punk rock goes, this band is near the top of the whole pile. I love Debt Neglector. –Rich Cocksedge (Smartpunk, [email protected], / SBAM, [email protected],

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