VARIOUS ARTISTS: Mild in the Streets: Fat Music Unplugged: CD

Fat Wreck Chords shows their softer side with this comp, featuring acoustic and stripped-down songs from classic punk vocalists, such as Joey Cape of Lagwagon, and Yotam Ben Horin of Useless ID. The album title and art are a shout out to The Circle Jerks’ Wild in the Streets, and features some of the Fat Record Store regulars. The standout track is the closing Baz And His Orchestra tribute to “The Decline”‘s fifteenth anniversary. The orchestra is comprised of fifty classically trained musicians that performed the “Punk Rock Symphony,” and recreate the entire Nofx EP. They hit every nuance and vocal inflection utilizing flutes and horns. It is amazing, and I wish that Disneyland would use it for a fireworks show, because it would work perfectly. Seventeen tracks, including five unreleased songs, make this a really great album to listen to when you want to relax on a drive home from work and are pissed about being stuck in traffic. The mellow songs will definitely help keep you “Mild in the Streets.” –Cynthia Pinedo (Fat)