Less Than Jake
Anthem (Warner Bros.)
By: Alex Steininger
Ska-punk's hardest working act, Less Than Jake, who have logged countless miles touring the national back and forth and back again, release their seventh full-length, Anthem, their first record for Warner Bros. What you get is a very focused, hook-laden, and, not surprising, a very commercial sounding record. Gone, for the most part is the ska, though it does show its face. In its favor, the band pushes the pop-punk of Green Day and Blink 182, coupled with lyrics of self-doubt, low self-esteem, self-deprecation, failure, and substance abuse. It is a soul-searching, introspective record, at least by ska-punk standards. However, and though some will argue this, it is also Less Than Jake's most consistent and punchy record to date. They pack all they know in one tight album, delivering hook after hook on every track, and never letting go of the energy, or the pop focus, on the album's fourteen tracks. I'll give it a B.
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