VARIOUS ARTISTS: 2020 (Celebrating 20 Years of Stardumb Records): LP

Jul 20, 2021

This collection of twenty-eight bands covering twenty-eight songs from the Stardumb universe doesn’t vary much, and maybe that’s fine. Lots of fairly slick, conventional pop punk and power pop, though a few tracks stand out—The Travoltas’ textured take on Geoff Palmer’s “I Like Murder Too,” Deecracks and their hi-power gruffness on The Methadones’ “I’m About to Crack,” Kepi Ghoulie’s breezy folk pop on The Quotes’ “Ultrahigh.” A bit much to take in, but nothing to overthink. It’s just for kicks. –Matt Werts (Stardumb,