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This fantastic album was one of those that I would have to include on a 'soundtrack of my youth' list. As an impressionable teen getting into punk music for the first time, I couldn't believe that a group could produce something that was so catchy and described the general disaffection of young people everywhere. I've since discovered that this is pretty much Rancid's forte, but I've not changed my mind about the album.
Those listening to the album for the first time will be pleasantly surprised at how many of the tracks they have heard, with songs such as 'Roots Radical' and 'Time Bomb' staples at any 'alternative' night club worth its salt. The record maintains an incredibly high tempo and the growling mix of ska and punk sounds makes for a great (short) album. While the tracks are usually very short (3:30 is about as long as Tim Armstrong can do), at no point will you feel short-changed. Rancid put a lot of energy into every track and I don't realistically see their style transferring well to tracks of epic length.
'Junkie Man' and 'Ruby Soho' carry on the fun at a ridiculously fast pace and those singing along will need to practice to keep up. The only track that didn't really float my boat was 'Avenues and Alleyways', as it seemed a little out of place in the grand scheme of things, but the closer 'The Way I Feel' will have you yelling punk choruses over your drink for the next fortnight at least!
Brilliant album, absolutely indicative of its time - buy this and grow a mohawk.
"...And Out Come The Wolves" is Rancid's 3rd studio album, released in 1995 and probably their finest. Released soon after Green Day's "Dookie" and The Offspring's "Smash", "...And Out Come The Wolves" was an important album in the 90's punk revival.
The sound of this record is heavily influenced by ska (evident by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman's past in Operation Ivy) and sees Rancid making their own, distinct sound.
This record has numerous tracks that stand out and could almost be a "greatest hits" record. Tracks such as "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb" are notable punk rock anthems with the latter being a tribute to the 2-Tone movement and a skanking favorite!
Other notable tracks include "Maxwell Murder", which showcases Matt Freeman's talents on bass guitar; the catchy "Journey To The End Of The East Bay"; the ska influenced "Daly City Train" and a personal favorite "Old Friend".
Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen provide the catchy guitar melodies, vocals and lyrics that are easy to relate to, making the album very accessible.
All in all this is a must-have album for any fan of punk rock and indeed ska-punk. BUY!!!
Ever since I first heard Rancid I've liked them. Unfortunely I had real trouble finding their albums, at first that was, now there every where! But I could never have imagened that such a varity of Punk styles could be compressed onto one excellent album. Tim Armstrong and Co. out do all my expectations from track one and all the way through. Maxwell murder brings the pace of the album up to speed and gets you into this album instantly. This album has really got me into Punk and I have recently brought several other Rancid albums because of it. If you like Rancid you'll love this album, and you should get it. All nineteen tracks inspire you in some way and get you closer to music.
This little gem is an absolute classic! Picture the scene - a cynical ageing punk rocker slides the disc into his Hi-fi and straight away he's totally blown away! From the first notes of 'Maxwell Murder' to the end of 'The way I feel' this release doesn't let up in its exuberence and outstanding quality. It really does have everything from top notch ska ('Timebomb'), in your face punk ('Ruby Soho') to Oi! street anthems (Avenues and Alleyways') - it also manages to take in Rockabilly and more laid back reggae. Overall a truly awesome release, I brought this 6 years ago and it's still a regular choice on my player - you haven't got a Cd collection if you haven't got this!
This is punk, through and through but unlike most punk (and a lot of people have Sid Vicious' ultra long sleeves and nasal swearing in their heads right now don't you?) this has musical quality. Most of the punk bands I've come across aren't hugely gifted in the 'talent' department mostly they try to make up for it with anger or just volume. Rancid have the anger but luckily for us don't bother with the volume. Even the anger is tempered to a bitter sarcasm and sharp insight into modern society, which is good. Each song on the album is quite short and consequently there are a few of them, about 18. They all have the punk sound almost reggae type guitars and most importantly in my book, good vocals. Whoever it is that sings enunciates clearly enough that the words are clearly audible and recognisable not only as words but indeed as separate english words in a coherent sentence. The lyrics are actually pretty sharp and one of the high points of this album. You may not appreciate Rancid's sense of humour but you should appreciate their take on modern life. There's no great talent being exhibited here, they aren't going to blow your socks off with ther originality or musicality but what Rancid do do is gather all the good things about punk, discard all the negative aspects (if you're in authority you may disagree with me here) well shall we just say the vast majority of them, and then put together an entertaining album with a good vibe that does what a lot of other punk bands tried to do and failed; namely do angry punk sounding tunes and not spoil them with being over angry and over punky. I guess the line up is vocals, two guitars and drums. The drums aren't over done, not played too loudly or too quickly and there's some good interaction between the musicians. The production isn't as tight as it could be but I think that's probably because Rancid aren't the biggest band in the
world and didn't have money coming out of their ears when they made this. For some reason this doesn't really matetr. A lot of the songs sound like they should have been written in someone's garage and the fact that the sound production isn't as crisp as it could be just adds to some quality part of me wants to call 'atmosphere' and the reviewer in me wants to avoid calling 'atmosphere'. There isn't a huge amount of variation between each song but because they are all energy filled tracks with engaging lyrics and quite a bite to them you get draged along and it doesn't really matter. The album isn't so long that you become bored or stop listening properly. On the down side there is track 1. Why they recorded this track I don't know. I listened to it a few times and haven't since apart from to check that it really was as bad as I thought it was and it was. I copied this album to tape for walkman and car and stuff and just ignored the first track. It doesn't fit on the album and really doesn't do the band any credit. Not the best album in the world ever but if you like punk and want something with a party vibe and a happy rythm then this is for you. It's hot weather working on the tarmac music or playing on the grass. Some of the message is lost in the general beat, the music is so happy that you can't take in doom and cynical gloom but if they really want to get that across then they're taking themselves too seriously anyway. Very lively, a good fun listen.
And I mean that. This really is an album that should be permanently in your stereo. This is the sort of album that makes you want to get up and do something. It makes you want to get up and scream and shout, and go find the nearest mosh pit. They're the kind of songs that really stick in your head and you find you just HAVE to sing them... Compared to other albums I own :- ...And Out Come The Wolves is most like Let's Go. The songs on this album remind me of tracks such as 'St Mary' and 'As One' This is nothing like 'Life Won't Wait'... I find the tracks more melodic, although 'Hooligans' shares some characteristics with this album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Maxwell murder
2 The 11th hour
3 Roots radicals
4 Time bomb
5 Olympia WA
6 Lock, step & gone
7 Junkie man
8 Listed M.I.A
9 Ruby Soho
10 Daly city train
11 Journey to the end of the east bay
12 She's automatic
13 Old friend
14 Disorder and disarray
15 The wars end
16 You don't care nothin'
17 As wicked
18 Avenues and alleyways
19 The way I feel