July 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Underclass Hero

Current Status
In Season
Pop, Rock
We gave it a B

With Green Day making rock operas — and blink-182 split into a pair of wonky emo acts — it’s up to Canada’s Sum 41 to keep alive the spirit of brat-pack pop-punk. For about half of Underclass Hero, singer-guitarist Deryck Whibley and his mates seem interested in the job, bashing through such tracks as ”March of the Dogs” like they’re unleashing the last three chords on earth. However, much of Hero is instead bogged down by piano, strings, even lyrics in French. A wannabe Radiohead in faux-hawks? Not a good look. B
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