19 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rancid hones its feverish, rabid assault on …And Out Come the Wolves, with more finely crafted songwriting, irresistible hooks, and impassioned lyrics. These punk and ska bashers know the benefits of brevity (the longest song here tops out at 3 1/2 minutes), lending force and immediacy to their political rants ("Lock, Step & Gone"), portraits of inner-city strife ("Avenues & Alleyways"), and big-ups to influential music ("Roots Radicals"). But it's the surging energy of the music that distinguishes this record. Loose and raw, the songs feature crashing drums, furious guitar licks, hungry bass, and Tim Armstrong's impassioned vocals, which can be simultaneously sung, spoken, and spit. Not since the days of the Clash and the Specials has political anger felt so unabashedly cool.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rancid hones its feverish, rabid assault on …And Out Come the Wolves, with more finely crafted songwriting, irresistible hooks, and impassioned lyrics. These punk and ska bashers know the benefits of brevity (the longest song here tops out at 3 1/2 minutes), lending force and immediacy to their political rants ("Lock, Step & Gone"), portraits of inner-city strife ("Avenues & Alleyways"), and big-ups to influential music ("Roots Radicals"). But it's the surging energy of the music that distinguishes this record. Loose and raw, the songs feature crashing drums, furious guitar licks, hungry bass, and Tim Armstrong's impassioned vocals, which can be simultaneously sung, spoken, and spit. Not since the days of the Clash and the Specials has political anger felt so unabashedly cool.

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