August 31, 2006

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NoMeansNo, All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt
Ant Acid Audio/Caroline, 2006

Before you were born, there was this genre called punk rock, and lots of times the people who played in the bands would have preferred chewing on the business ends of broken Budweiser bottles over becoming famous, or at least they acted like it. Reviewing a NoMeansNo album is a high-wire act — one missed inside joke and you’re dead — so as a preemptive act of revenge let’s just say that their lyrics are amusing, droll, chuckle-inducing and funny, mostly about basically anything that might make you feel like an idiot, and their current sound is sort of like Fee Waybill chasing Black Flag around with a Nerf baseball bat, bonking heads and yelping “Oh, a WISE guy, eh?” as they run barefoot across fields of quivering mousetraps. Um, and it’s well produced, not like that cheap stuff you don’t like because you figure you could probably sound better than the band. B+

— Eric W. Saeger


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