Album Reviews

Decent Criminal Bloom
7.5
 on
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 20:29
submitted by
Thomas

Santa Rosa, CA’s Decent Criminal are one of the first signees to the recently formed Dodgeball Records along with the likes of Showoff and Attic Salt. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on that label. They have good taste. Exhibit A? Decent Criminal’s new album, “Bloom”.

 

There is a whole bunch of stuff going on in these ten songs and almost all of it is good. Whether you are into 90ies punk rock, big power-pop hooks, surf or 90ies at-rock, Decent Criminal have got you covered. They especially impress on opener “Cold,” which sounds like the best pop-punk song Marked Men never got round to writing, the sheer power-pop goodness of “Still” or the Culture Abuse-like “Void”.

 

I had never heard of these guys before, but damn…this is a pleasant surprise. They might only be decent at being criminals, but as a band they are completely badasss.

 

Track listing:

  1. Neurotic
  2. Deviant
  3. Cold
  4. Void
  5. Still
  6. Expectations
  7. Waver
  8. Pretender
  9. Iron
  10. Melt