This album is the perfect collection to hook you if
you aren't already a fan. There are 19
songs, with two of them being new and one a
re-recording of the classic hit "Punk Rawk
Show." The CD booklet has a whopping 32 pages of
(mostly) new pictures and a rather
humorous timeline put together by lead singer and
bassist Mike Hererra. If you're an
MXPX fan this will bring back great memories, and if
you're just curious this could be
the start of something great.
The opener "Punk Rawk Show" is, for the most part, a
good version of the song. It's easy
to sing along to and has been a favorite ever since it
was released on their second album
Teenage Politics. The only complaint I have about the
new recording is the guitar is too
subtle for my tastes, especially when you're listening
with headphones, oddly. Nearly all
of the other songs have been remixed, but sound
identical for the most part except for the
vocals, which sound somewhat "distant" but are still
The two new songs "My Mistake" and "Running Away" are
the highlight of this release.
These songs are extremely catchy and somewhat resemble
those found on The Ever
Passing Moment. Mike's vocals sound great and the
guitar drives the songs along
Hits and the occasional not-so-famous classic make
up the rest of the album. There's
some lighter stuff such as "Chick Magnet," "Teenage
Politics," "Move to Bremerton," and "Let
it Happen" for those that aren't big fans of punk.
"PxPx" is a heavier track, and seems like
an odd addition as it was never a real big hit on
their first album. Hearing it again though
I've developed a new liking for it. "Lonesome Town"
is also a great addition and another
highlight, from the Renaissance EP released last year.
Overall, this album is not only a great chance to
check out the band, but the cheapest
way to get all the hits in one package. I kind of wish
they would have included "What's
Mine is Yours" from Slowly Going The Way of The
Buffalo, but sadly you'll have to
purchase that album to hear the song. Still, this
collection is the best way to hear other
great tracks you might have missed such as "The Broken
Bones" and "Lonesome Town"
which were both released on EPs. Try it, you just
might love it.
- Review date: 6/12/02, written by invin