WANNA-BES, THE: Broken Record: 7”

Twenty years after The Wanna-Bes put out their debut CD on Ben Weasel’s Panic Button Records, the band is back, and, honestly, sound better than ever. Production is important, as are lyrics (don’t mess them up, kids), and these folks have those down pat on Broken Record. Of all the bands and records of this ilk, this might be the closest thing I’ve heard to true-to-form ’90s, classic pop punk. Songs that actually sound like they’re from that era (and maybe they were). Far from reinventing the wheel here, but that’s okay. Pros. –Steve Adamyk (Mom’s Basement, Momsbasementrecords.com)