The Bouncing Souls
Chunksaah/Rise Records 
Fire Note Says: The Bouncing Souls return with another enjoyable pop-punk outing.
It is hard to believe that The Bouncing Souls are in their 25th year of existence and their new long player, Comet, represents their ninth full length. They are one of the staples of the pop-punk scene and always can be used in the same sentence with the Warp Tour which has been their mainstay concert stage for years.
Comet is really a return to The Bouncing Souls roots as the album was formed with them in a basement recording songs into a tape recorder. From there the band knocked out the recording process in just 12 days with producer and Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson (Hot Water Music, Rise Against). The end result is a very carefree flowing punk rock record that both shows off high energy like the bombastic opener "Baptized" to a much more mature mid tempo number like "Coin Toss Girl" which has a catchy chorus. Other songs that stand out are the over 5 minute title track which the album was built around and songs like "In Sleep" that have more of a consistent rock vibe that highlights their veteran status.
The Bouncing Souls do a perfect job of not trying to hard on Comet as its 34 minute running time is just right and enables the band to revisit different points in their career while still finding new avenues to explore. This is the joy of listening to Comet with songs like "We Love Fun" that puts a big exclamation point of what The Bouncing Souls have always been about. That of course is making good music that their fans will enjoy and Comet succeeds with this in every way!
Key Tracks: "Baptized", "Static","We Love Fun"
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Hot Water Music
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony