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Teenage Bottlerocket: Another Way [Deluxe Edition]Another Way [Deluxe Edition] (2011)
Red Scare

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Over the years, Teenage Bottlerocket has steadily built up a fanbase through consistent touring and devotion to a pure form of pop-punk that mirrors the Ramones, Mr. T Experience and the much maligned Screeching Weasel. The band turns out consistently strong, catchy records with little stylistic dev.
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Over the years, Teenage Bottlerocket has steadily built up a fanbase through consistent touring and devotion to a pure form of pop-punk that mirrors the Ramones, Mr. T Experience and the much maligned Screeching Weasel. The band turns out consistently strong, catchy records with little stylistic deviation, something the group acknowledges by simply palette-swapping the same crossbones album cover over and over. This is the Mortal Kombat of pop-punk.

That said, Red Scare's recent re-release of TBR's full-length debut, Another Way, is a surprising listen. Certain elements have clearly carried over to later albums–the primal guitar chords, the snotty vocals–but it's still shocking to hear how young the group sounds. I can't imagine something like "Senior Prom", about how you totally don't have to go to the senior prom, ending up on They Came From the Shadows. Comparing Another Way to Shadows reveals a bit of artistic growth, at least as much as a pop-punk band can grow.

That doesn't mean Another Way is bad. Quite the opposite, as the group nearly had their sound in place by this point. The tunes are catchy, the guitars snarl (dig that dissonance on "Opportunity") and the beats are always kickin'. Sure, there are some clunkers like "Rathead", but tunes like "Another Way" and "Patrick" rank among the band's best. There are little things that needed tweaking and were corrected on subsequent releases, but not much.

Another Way is not ideal for a first TBR purchase–Shadows or Warning Device would be better. But those already down with the Ramones fest will be pleased with this re-release. The remastering gives the songs a little more clarity. The bonus tracks nearly double the record's running time, boosting the original album's 11 songs with six more tunes culled from the band's A-Bomb EP and Why I Let You Get Away, a split with Bill the Welder. The band's early output from 2002-2004 is nicely assembled. Now get to work on a deluxe edition of Total.

 

 
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skolarx (April 7, 2011)

guess i'll need to pick this one up again. bought it on vinyl last year when they played with the bosstones

detachedretina (April 6, 2011)

You people are crazy for not putting Total at number 1.

Cheesetits (April 6, 2011)

Great album before, great album now.

CobraSkullsFan (April 6, 2011)

Yeah, "warning device" is my number one. then "shadows", and a very close third: Total. A lot of CDs have floated in and out of my car, but TBR is always there.

palpitations101 (April 5, 2011)

Pssshhhh...

Already got the original. TWO YEARS AGO!!!

Yes, I am cool.

joe_weasel (April 5, 2011)

i still maintain that warning device is one of the greatest albums released in the past ten years... but ive never been let down by a TBR release. the bonus tracks at the end make this a worthy purchase.

kylewagoner (April 5, 2011)

Total is where it's at! I also like They Came From the Shadows a lot...

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