Bouncing Souls - Anchors Aweigh
The waters are still choppy on the Bouncing Souls' sixth full album, Anchors Aweigh, conveying the band's emotional turbulence and punk rock fervor. But the songs are delivered with more confidence and cohesion than ever, whether the Souls are playing hardcore stormers or midpaced romp-a-thons.
High velocity cuts like "Apartment 5F" and "Better Days" develop from muted chugging to a full throttle roar, while "Todd's Song" and "I'm From There" ache with ringing licks and visceral bass counter melodies. Compared to most modern punk, Anchors Aweigh is a real pleasure cruise.