ONE WAY SYSTEM: All Systems Go: LP

I remember dismissing this album out of hand when my younger brother bought it from Roadhouse Records not too long after it was released—too many of the songs were “too slow” to the then-teen me snobbily grooving on too much Void and Neos—and never gave it another backward glance. Funny thing, time. What I thought was “crap” then turns out to be pretty spot-on UK82 punk fodder to these ears nearly four decades later. There are some thrashers to be found, but the slower tunes pack much heft and an odd sense of melodicism lost on me that first time ’round. Thank Mahfü this (now old) kid can change his mind. Thumbs up. –Jimmy Alvarado (PHR, phr.cz)