The compilation begins with Rancid, doing their, previously unreleased in the US, song, "Sick, Sick World." Normally I dig Rancid, but this song just doesn't hit the spot. Bouncing Souls do their song "The Ballad of Johny X." The song originally appeared on the "Maniacal Laughter" LP, but this is the different version from "The Bad. The Worse. And the Out of Print."
The Madcap song is a nice little catchy tune about going on the road with the band and leaving life behind. This song is from their recent release "Stand Your Ground." AFI's song "A Winter's Tale" is pretty catchy, but it is very poppy, contrary to their older material, which rocks my world.
The Bigwig song "Sink or Swim," which is unreleased, is actually one of the better songs on this album, as hard as it is to believe. Usually I don't like them on a record, but this song is just too good not to like. The H2O's tune "Unreleased" is one of their poppier songs. The song is not too bad, but it's just too poppy for me.
Vandals' song "S.W.M" is a really cure and funny song. You can never go wrong with these guys. Flogging Molly's tune "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" is my favorite song on the comp. The song will be appearing/and is the title song, of the next album. By the way this song sounds, the next FM album should pick up where "Swagger" left off.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones appear with their unreleased track "Providence is...." The track doesn't have any horns, but it's still good. I'm guessing that it's one of the newer songs, because it sounds like it should be on the new album.
Kill Your Idols' tune "Hippie Song" is really great. What else can be expected from this hardcore wonder. The Casualties' song "Fight For Your Life" is probably one of the stupidest songs I've heard on the album. First, the song pretty much consists of repeated chants of "Fight For Your Life." Second, the Casualties suck. Damn fashion punks!
Most of the bands on the album suck. There are a few good ones, that are mentioned above, but the crappy bands out-number the good bands. That's just my opinion. Go out and buy the album if you want, but don't tell me that I didn't warn you.
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