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Rancid, Honor is All We Know (Hellcat Records)
CD REVIEWS: November 20, 2014

11/20/14



Rancid, Honor is All We Know (Hellcat Records)

First album in two years from the Berkely, California, foursome, who’ve benefited greatly — OK, at least somewhat — from being touted as major influences by mainstream ‘90s punk bands who don’t actually sound like them much, such as Green Day. Punk isn’t dead if you go by the numbers these guys have put up, including 1995’s platinum-selling And Out Come the Wolves, which featured the pub-stomper “Ruby Soho.” That earlier stuff reflected their ska upbringing, whereas HIAWK here, like its couple-three predecessor albums, is safety pin city, lots of scrambled-brain skateboard speed-punk (“Back Where I Belong”) and assorted yell-alongs like “Raise Your Fist.” Positive signs include no changes in the lineup since 2007 and very little letup in intensity, even if they’re a bit short on topical relevance in their lyrics, seeming to prefer slapping their own backs over the fact that they were able to come up with 14 new songs. A-Eric W. Saeger





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