I am now under the opinion that ska isn't dead, but needs to be. Someone needs to drag this dying dog into the street and put a bullet into it's head. There is nothing new these people are doing with it. MU330 had the best ska song on there, and it was pretty weak. There is a reason why ska comes in waves, it keeps becoming stagnant and goes away until everyone forgets about it and it becomes fresh again.
The better parts of the album come from the punk bands. Even though most are poppy Blink-182 ripoffs. The leader of the pack being Fenix, TX. They have an alternative version of "It's My Fault" that is a lot better than the original version. As sad as I am to say it, it's probably the best song on the album. The hard punk bands at the conclusion of the CD are the best. The bands lack imagination and are really just another group of California wannabe bands. There are around 5 that I would call creditable bands.
I can recommend checking out Rina's clothing line, they have some cool designs and reasonable prices, and you get this CD free with every order. You can also just get the CD for $6. If you like the new sound of California poser punk(Fenix, TX, etc.> then you'll enjoy this album. If not, buy some clothes and give it as a gift. Either way, it's got a purpose.
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