TIME TO STAND, A: Light Years: CD/LP

Light Years is fourteen songs of poppy punk that’s glossy and shines with clean, polished production. There was a lot of this kind of stuff in the early- to mid-’00s (think MXPX, Fall Out Boy, and all their ilk). I wasn’t a big fan of this style when it first came out in the ’00s and I’m still not impressed. However, A Time To Stand did lift a line from Osker’s song “Strangled” on their song “Contrametheus,” so that’s pretty rad. However, quoting a line from a song on one of my favorite ’90s pop punk albums isn’t enough to save this otherwise generic punk. –Kurt Morris (Fond Of Life, fondoflife.net)