You Blew It!- "Award of the Year Award"
"The grown-up sonics only make the underlying, pound-the-dashboard, yell-to-yourself sentiments all the more loud and clear."
The Menzingers - "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore"
"The Menzingers excel in desperate, earnest melodic punk with just enough Replacements-esque recklessness to make it clear that the next drink, the next girl or the next endless after-party is never that far out of Barnett's reach and the fight to not fuck up is never over."
Dikembe - "Hood Rat Messiah"
"It’s a sign of the scene’s health that a record as strong as Mediumship can feel like a missed opportunity; they’re a band in transition rather than one that fully realized their potential at the height of their visibility."
Viet Cong - "Continental Shelf"
Cohen didn't actually review this one, but it fits here. "Viet Cong still sound like a band being tugged in opposing directions, but here they control the discordance with confidence, transforming "Continental Shelf" into something disquietingly divine."
Dads - "Grand Edge, MI"
"You sense he’s someone with an insatiable urge to disclose his most intimate secrets and the knowledge that it always results in driving people away; but maybe not this time."