On album number two, The Loved Ones do nothing but convincing. Right from the start they deliver with “Pretty Good Year” that comes with a chorus that begs to be sung along. Next up is “The Inquirer” which is equally irresistible. This is poppunk the way it’s supposed to sound. Melodic and catchy yet with enough grit and passion to convince even the biggest opponent of the genre. With help from a couple of the guys in The Hold Steady in a couple of songs and Bouncing Souls’ Brian and Pete handling production, these guys know how to surround themselves with good people. And just like the Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones excel at playing punk music but aren’t afraid to dig a little deeper every now and then. Like the folky feel in “Louisiana”... great stuff!
Fans of everyone from Kid Dynamite and Avail to Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls, should collectively go crazy about this album and I for one am already looking forward to seeing them performing live at Groezrock this year!