SICKO: In the Alternate Timeline: LP

Dec 06, 2019

The premise of this greatest hits collection by Seattle pop punk legends Sicko is that this is the record that would have come out if the band had become huge. The problem with that proposition, of course, is that to those in the know, Sicko already is considered a contender for the greatest pop punk band of all time. As someone obsessed with the band for over twenty-five years can attest, they’re nothing short of magical. Transformative moments at shows are few and far between, but when they happen, they’re life-changing. I experienced that phenomenon the one time I saw Sicko back in the day, and it’s a feeling I will never forget. The fact that they’re playing reunion shows these days is evidence that dreams do come true. In the Alternate Timeline displays Sicko in all of their infectious, catchy glory. The remastering is never overdone, mainly just used to equalize the tracks. The song selection is impeccable, as is the album artwork and tributes written on the sleeve. If you haven’t heard Sicko, I don’t know whether to pity you or to be jealous that you’re about to hear one of the all-time best if you check out In the Alternate Timeline. It’s guaranteed to draw tears of joy from fans new and old. –Art Ettinger (Red Scare)