I’m having anxious feelings with another new Rancid album release looming. I just don’t want be hurt again. I’ve ranked their albums from worst to best to reflect on what makes for a good Rancid album. I only counted studio full-lengths on this list; no EPs, splits, side projects, etc.
Thereâ€™s a lot of bad pop-punk out there. Listening to the radio, you might get the impression that thereâ€™s no depth to it. I decided to make a list of personal favourites, rather than the consensus favourites (Descendents, Ramones) all the other listicles copy and paste. Hopefully this can prove to you that thereâ€™s more to the genre the skinny jeans and teenage angst.
Power-violence can be a tough jar of pickles to open. With itâ€™s impenetrable song structures, dissonant melodies, and broken telephone production; the genre feels almost set up loose the audience. Blank Sideâ€™s EP â€˜Ethericâ€™ does a pretty good job making the more challenging elements of the music accessible.