It’s been three years since Rancid’s last album, and 10 years since their first, but the boys from Berkeley have returned with a solid comeback, “Indestructible.”
The 19-track album pays homage to their previous material with an eclectic delivery of punk, ska, and to a lesser degree, pop-punk.
“Fall Back Down,” the first single off the LP, is a vivacious track, incorporating matured lyrics and music, and an addictive chorus. The workers’ anthem, “Red Hot Moon” is a solid track with strong vocals by both Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen. “David Courtney” is a chest pounding delivery with an ‘R’ rated chorus, but they definitely get their point across.
“Arrested in Shanghai” is a standout track with a slow pace and excellent usage of the piano. The lyrics are very effective and meaningful, which is a new experience for long-time fans.
“Roadblock” and “Otherside” give the listeners two high octane adventures, both, in just under 2 minutes! “Stand Your Ground” is a very old school rant self-appreciation song.
The tracks don’t emit the same vibe as say a “Time Bomb” or “Ruby Soho,” but it does prove that Armstrong, Frederiksen, Matt Freeman, and Brett Reed, can still rock with the best of them.