JOEY CAPE: One Week Record: LP

I did not expect to like this when I opened my review materials from Razorcake HQ. I find that old punks doing acoustic versions of old songs lack the energy of the original and the creative opportunities that new instrumentation can provide. I find them flat and boring. Thankfully, Lagwagon’s Joey Cape presents us with new recordings of old songs that are anything but flat and boring. They are reworked, reimagined, and reinvigorated with new life. Most Lagwagon fans already know that Cape is a fucking great songwriter. But those who don’t will hear his lyrics anew, accompanied only by simple acoustic guitar and piano. Joey Cape avoids the trap of beating on his acoustic instruments to create pop punk carbon copies. These recordings have real heart and soul. –Jon Mule (One Week, oneweekrecords.com / Fat Wreck, fatwreck.com)