Artist:  MXPX
Title:  Secret Weapon
Label:  Tooth & Nail

With a stake in the area of longevity, pop punkers MxPx have returned. Formed in 1992, the band has seen the completion of a number of accomplishments—all with only one member change, which came only three years into their 15-year saga. They’re a band with history, to say the least, and they’re revisiting some of it with a return to their original label, Tooth & Nail, marked by the release of their eighth studio album, Secret Weapon.

Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Eisley), the album continues the band’s typical style with catchy melodies and solid instrumentals. Lyrically upbeat and musically superior to much of its previous work, the band has successfully continued to keep the same sound it’s always had. However, this has a slight drawback.

Much of the record sounds the same after a very short time. Individual tracks often blend right into each other with barely any distinguishable aspects. This makes for great continuity but a disappointing feeling of hearing the same song over and over. Despite this, a few tracks distance themselves from the rest of the album, most notably “Shut It Down” and “Angels,” which both feature standout instrumentals and impressive chorus work vocally. “Punk Rock Celebrity” is another track that, with a very unique bridge toward the middle, marks itself from the rest of the album.

With songs like these on their latest effort, MxPx has no doubt continued their maturation as musicians with the completion of a musically good album, even if in variety it is a little lacking.


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