VARIOUS ARTISTS: Kat Music for Kat People Vol. IV: CD

The title of this compilation is an obvious play on word of the infamous Fat Wreck compilation series of yesteryear, serving the same purpose as those original budget comps did for Fat Wreck—a sampler with lots of songs. There are a staggering thirty-five tunes on here, all in the general “pop punk” vicinity, some better than others but that’s how it goes with this many songs/bands offering their wares. The common theme here is catchy, buzzing, guitar-centric punk with hooks, and it certainly delivers, with a few duds in the mix. –Mark Twistworthy (Bloated Kat, bloatedkatrecords.bandcamp.com)