Friday, September 10, 2010


The Black Pacific
Side One Dummy

Jim Lindberg's Jim Lindberg. The dude's been singing the same note for the past 20 years. The Kevin Costner of punk-rock, if you will. And honestly, the last few Pennywise albums pretty much flew by under the radar. Same old story. In one ear, out the other. The Black Pacific, on the other hand, sound fresh. The music's got teeth. And Lindberg sounds energised and focused - not like he's just turning up for work. Pennywise with a face-lift?

Besides the shock of hearing Lindberg scream, The Black Pacific's also got a more stripped down, hard-hitting, three-piece punk-rock sound, with a modern twist. It's darker, grittier and more straightforward. Lindberg plays guitar, so the sound's refreshing. It's not as technical and saturated as Pennywise. Everyone sounds like they're having a blast. And you can feel the urgency in the songs.

Still, don't expect a complete rebirth. Lindberg's voice and anti-"The System" lyrics are so "Pennywise," it's hard to fully dissociate the two. That said, I haven't enjoyed a Pennywise album this much since Straight Ahead. Welcome back Jim...

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