MXPX - Panic | ThePunkSite.com
Song: Late Again
Panic was an album that I was excited for, but one I didn't have
high hopes for. After hearing the lackluster The Darkest Places on
the 2005 Warped Tour Compilation, my hopes of MXPX releasing
a mind blowing album dropped down a few notches. Nevertheless, I was still
slightly excited to see it show up in my mailbox and after playing it through
a few times, its easy to see my thoughts of disappointment were badly misplaced.
The label switch seem to have helped out the trio as their fourteen track
comeback to the punk scene hits the mark in almost all the right places. It
is pop-punk at its finest by a band that knows what they are doing and not
to be anything they aren't. Luckily, the album hits a little harder then most
pop-punk albums too, really leaving a mark on the listener rather then getting
them to just press skip.
Surprisingly, the band re-did Grey Skies Turn Blue for this
album which was originally released as an acoustic song on the AC EP and
although the song doesn't sound too bad electrified, it would've been better
with a brand new song in its spot instead. But that does little to hinder the
enjoyment from the album. Everything from the energetic and upbeat first single, Heard
That Song, (which was co-written by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones's
very own Joe Gittleman) to the sing along gang vocals of Late Again and Cold
together to make a energetic pop-punk album. Even the slower songs like Wrecking
Hotel Rooms (which was co-written by Blink182's Mark
Hoppus) add a nice quality to the album to make it that much deeper and diverse,
especially with its insanely catchy chorus that has you singing along immediately.
Although these songs probably aren't nearly strong enough to last outside
all by themselves, they work great together in one compact disc. It may start
a little slow, but each song gives the album more energy and propels the album
to new heights. Pop-punk fans will easily enjoy this one.