New Style, Old Rancid
Well if you were looking forward to classic Rancid, this isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t it. But although youâ€šÃ„Ã´ll be surprised, you wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t be disappointed by the new style changes of an older, seasoned, and sober Rancid. The new album Indestructible is littered with style changes and spacey guitar effects that I canâ€šÃ„Ã´t resist paralleling to Tim Armstrongâ€šÃ„Ã´s side-project, The Transplants. Despite the new sound the album is clearly still all-out Rancid with songs such as â€šÃ„ÃºRed Hotâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºStart Nowâ€šÃ„Ã¹ teasing you with the beat of Out Come the Wolves. Its nice to see these veterans trying new tricks while keeping that back-street New York feeling.Trading the hard-punk feel for something slower and clearer, Indestructible is meant for an older crowd rather than rebellious teenagers. Though Tim swears as much as he always has the profanity is much more forward â€šÃ„Ã¬ as are the classic topics they sing about: friends, society, and politics. A cautious changeup in â€šÃ„ÃºArrested in Shanghaiâ€šÃ„Ã¹, Timâ€šÃ„Ã´s fast-paced lyrical style is literally crammed into a gentle, slower beat that doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t come out feeling very together. Not a bad experiment though, and the band more then backs him up with 19 tracks adding up to over an hour of good music. In testing your senses Rancid acceptably trades the â€šÃ„Ã²Oiâ€šÃ„Ã´ for a beat thatâ€šÃ„Ã´ll keep your head nodding and hands drumming.