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by Samuel Barker
May 16, 2001

File Under: Punk Rock
rating: B
tracks

1. See My Way

2. Keep Watching The Skies

3. Free Willy

4. Donut Man

5. Howdy Doody In The Woodshed

6. Marry Me, Ann

7. Sobriety

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  • From punk rock's oldest existing band, The Dickies, comes a great new album, All This And Puppet Stew. Combining the feel of old skool punk rock, 80's pop stylings, and new age pop punk, The Dickies bring forth an album that will hold it's own against anything from one of the "youngins."

    The first track on the album is "See My Way." This is the first taste of the interesting sound that is The Dickies' sound. It begins with a nice withdrawn verse that gives way to a faster, harder, more upbeat sounding chorus. The vocals are similar to that of Jello Biafra's at points. The guitar work on this track is amazing. This band definitely shows the licks of band that has spent a lot of time playing in their lives.

    "Keep Watching The Sky" is a poppier number that stays even with the level of thought and talent poured into the first track. This band shows that experience can bring about an intellegent and impressive sound.

    One of the funniest tracks on the album is "Howdy Doody In The Woodshed." Since there aren't any lyrics printed in the album I'm nbot 100% sure what is being said, but what I can make out is funny. I just hope I'm not missing the point. The song has a very zany sound. You can easily hear the older influences.

    The bass work on tracks such as "He's Courtin' Courtney" is great. This band is very talented and definitely has the understanding of what it takes to make some great songs. The guitar solos are right on, and the back up vocals are sweet.

    The final track on the album is "It's Huge." This track is a straight up rocker. The vocals are still off the hook and the guitar riffs are tight. This track definitely shows the band's 80's influences. A great close to a brilliantly played album.

    This album will be available on the 22nd of May and I really must recommend it to anyone who likes old punk, new punk, or rock n' roll. It will be released by Fat Wreck Chords who you can order it from. It's a definite must buy.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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