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6/10 Mike Staff review, 15 May 2012
I used to have a big soft spot for Hot Water Music. Still do in a way, to the extent that I still believe that if you think the likes of their 'Moonpies For Misfits' EP or 'Fuel for the Hate Game' are shit then you need your ears examining. I was briefly quite pleased to have a brand new offering from these lads on my review pile, but then I put the needle down on the groove.
Within the first song. The. First. Song. We've got a big Offspring-style 'woah-oh-oh' chorus (speaking of whom, have you heard their new song? Jesus fuck.). As so often with these punk household names, they've reached that point where all the youthful exuberance has been grown out of, and all the rough edges have been produced into a smooth, radio-friendly, overcompressed bit of slick radio rock. When they take it down a notch I defy you to find a reasonable and rational distinction between what they're doing and a Nickelback song, and the final seconds of 'Drag My Body' bizarrely channel the Stereophonics.
There's still moments of head nodding punky goodness but the radio-style production they've been rocking since 'A Flight and a Crash' is quite off-putting to me. If you like their more recent output this continues the poppy direction they've been heading in and you'll probably find plenty to like, but if you think they've been watering it down a bit in recent years then this isn't going to do much to change your mind either.
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