FACE TO FACE: No Way Out but Through: CD

Jan 05, 2022

Face To Face has always been for me a band that is never on my list of outright faves, but is nonetheless always well worth the price of admission, and on just about every record I’ve got by them there’s at least one song whose bitter optimism cuts me to the quick and affects my life for years to come. Yet somehow their more recent offerings, while sounding more or less just like Face To Face should, didn’t get me as excited and frenetic as in the past, as if the those newer records were a bouncy house that was just slightly but not quite noticeably deflated. Not this record, though. Face To Face sounds pretty much like they always have, but somehow (not sure just how) this record has more of the energy of the Don’t Look Away or Face to Face days. “No Way Out but Through” and “Ruination Here We Come” in particular are as good as anything they did back then, and the rest of the record is no slouch, either. I’ll be playing this one for a while. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Fat Wreck)