NOFX/ Self-Entitled

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Rating: B    Dwnld: I got one jealous, She didn’t lose her baby

While growing up, for some NOFX was the big brother we didn’t have. We were the middle child between the blossoming of skateboarding, a punk rock scene which was on the verge of losing its identity and idea that MTV would make even our favorite bands sell outs before summer vacation was over. But NOFX has always been there for us, keeping us grounded by telling MTV to f@*% off and playing 5 songs in 3 minutes at packed concerts that took place in venues no bigger than your mothers walk in closet. Over the years, NOFX has not written its Good Ridince song (though August 8th is close) but instead gave us Liza and Louise, and Hotdogs and Hallways.  Now with their 12th studio album, NOFX dominates us like a big brother does but with shades of grey in their mohawks and each tattoo looks a bit faded.

There are strong songs on here like I got one jealous again, again which shows a part of life that most punk bands don’t talk about: the changing of lives and divorce. I love the line about how “you put on survivor and i put on my headphones”. This is the most honest lyric about the age of this generation and punk as whole. While  72 hookers expands on religious war,  She didn’t lose her baby reminds me of lost track from White trash two heebs and a bean.  Secret society plays out  a lot like an early 90’s Bad religion. The album in its entirety is like a bouncy ball thrown into a padded room. While it has its energy moments, moments when you cant stop bouncing around and thanking Mike and gang for not giving up all those years ago , it does tire out easily and fade into a dark corner to be laid to rest. The most fitting song on this album might be Cell Out. After all these years maybe Mike is trying to teach us that we ALL are sell-outs in life, there is no way to avoid it.

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