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New Wave

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For an act that started out as little more than lead vocalist Tom Gabel and an acoustic guitar, Against Me! has blossomed into a polished protest-rock band, pairing melodic, Butch Vig-produced hooks ‘n’ hollering with almost comically specific lyrics (”Protest songs/in response to military aggression” is the chorus of ”White People for Peace”). Hardline anti-establishment fans will no doubt find New Wave, the group’s major-label debut unforgivable, but more tragic would be anyone using outdated theoretical principles to deny themselves the pleasure of pogoing along. B+
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