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Rancid

Rancid: Rancid (2000)Rancid (2000) (2000)
Hellcat Records

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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Alright, so first of all, let's just make it clear that this is the second self-titled Rancid album. I suppose this was just for the sake of confusion. That aside, this new record is aptly titled, since in a way, it returns to the roots of what Rancid was. First, a quick history lesson .
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Alright, so first of all, let's just make it clear that this is the second self-titled Rancid album. I suppose this was just for the sake of confusion. That aside, this new record is aptly titled, since in a way, it returns to the roots of what Rancid was.

First, a quick history lesson for those who haven't been following the tumultuous career of this band. Rancid, was, by my thinking, formed from the ashes of Operation Ivy, arguably, one of the greatest bands to ever grace this planet. Tim "Lint" Armstrong, and Matt Freeman (credited as McCall in OpIvy for other reasons) were part of Operation Ivy, and they helped make Rancid what it was.

So the first record comes out. Little fanfare, nothing much. To be honest, it wasn't that spectacular a record, but it was better than average. The second record, Let's Go, however, changed everything. It was an amazing record, and it had the added bonus (or maybe negative) of being the next big thing after the overwhelming success of Green Day. It sold pretty well, and it's still my favourite Rancid record, but what happened next was insane.

And Out Come the Wolves... had tons of people donning mohawks, and discovering punk all over again. Sure, I think mohawks are a little cliche, and are the kind of backwards thinking that I don't feel belongs in punk anymore, but it was a sight to be at a Rancid show, all these people from 8 year old kids, to 40 year old parents with these mohawks, plaid pants and the whole deal. The record sold really well, and drew comparisons to the Clash's classic record, London Calling. So Rancid became a household name. What was weirder was what happened after that.

The next release, Life Won't Wait had Rancid dropping nearly all semblance of punk, and hitting more and more reggae and ska. It was well-recieved, but I didn't like it much at all, and I think a lot of fans were pretty disappointed. So, here we are, 7 years since their first, and other self-titled record, and Rancid is rediscovering itself, like it has done consistently for each record. It would have been easy for them to fall back on the formula that brought them so much success, or even falling back to older material, but instead they've moved into a whole other direction.

Rancid 2000, is a deft mix of hardcore, pop and even some melodic and timing similarities to ska, but the combination sounds like nothing they've done before. They've gone out on a limb here, and risk alienating a lot of their fans, but to be honest, this is one of their best. Matt spends half of his time screaming his lungs out, and so does Tim, but it's still catchy, and the songs (all 22 of them) sound unique, even though they've stuck to such a simple formula here.

The songs do have some melodic refrains, but a casual listener is going to dismiss this all as old school hardcore. Let me say this. This is not hardcore. This is not ska. This is not old school punk rock. This is not Operation Ivy. But one thing for sure, this is Rancid, and I like it.

Since most people think I go on and on when I'm writing a review of something I like, I'll throw a quick summary of the record. It's a definite progression, it's unique, and it sounds like very little I've heard this year. I like it, and I think, given the chance, a lot of people will like it too, but only if they get past what they think Rancid is. Go in with an open mind and you'll definitely dig this record.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Rancid - ... And Out Come The WolvesRancid - Let's GoRancid - Life Won't WaitOperation Ivy - Operation IvyNOFX - The DeclineNOFX - Punk In DrublicRancid - Rancid (1993)Bad Religion - SufferDescendents - Milo Goes To CollegeThe Clash - London Calling

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sean021122 (February 29, 2012)

The only worthwhile record they put out besides their first two. Avoid all others and your ears will thank you!

505Misfit (May 4, 2008)

This album Sucks. . . . . . . . they were Bettr in Operation Ivy........... They aint got Shit on Leftover Crack!!!!! Like Stza said "Shoot the kids at sChool", Nah Shoot These GUys. wanna be RoCkers!

JohnnyTwoTits (August 29, 2006)

its the gratest punk album, espishiliy the bass. it is, the kinde of punk album that im shure chuck nooris had a hand in. if he dident, then very soon i will be kicked in the face.

kingofsuck (July 7, 2006)

My favorite Rancid album.

Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

cock balls

timmytheturtle1039 (December 14, 2005)

fuck

timmytheturtle1039 (December 14, 2005)

oops

timmytheturtle1039 (December 14, 2005)

why did they make this cd between life wont wait and induscructable this cds fast and olny 30 min for 20 songs

Anonymous (March 31, 2005)

people will do anything to complain, the same person taht will tell you that rancid "has gone pussy" for their poppier/ska sounding songs will be the same to tell you that all 22 songs of pure adrenaline and energy on this album "all sound alike"..

Rancid, (i feel) proved that with this disc they never lost any sort of edge that they had, they proved they can still play hard and rather than "selling out" just wanted to try and broaden their horizons a bit....

many will say that "they started playing ska so they suck now" but fuck that, Tim and Matt had always played ska, if you had any problem with them playing ska after "Let's Go" you shouldn't have been listening in the first place...

this is my favourite Rancid album

Anonymous (March 4, 2003)

For some reason I can't dig this as much as Life Won't Wait, which is my personal favorite(although all Rancid's albums have been great). Still, it's great that they didn't just repeat themselves in any way. Hopefully they find some new style to bring their own excellent style to on the next record.

Anonymous (December 8, 2001)

i was starting to lose sight of what a real punk band was after the whole alternative movement, but holy shit!
this album is balls out, kick you in the neck punk fucking rock!!!!

Anonymous (November 27, 2001)

I can never get enough of this cd!! It's truly the best Rancid cd ever! It's harder and faster and still there is the old catchy Rancid-style in it! If you haven't got it, go steal it!!!

Jesper
-Denmark

(The same country as where Lars is from!)

Ses i mængden!

Anonymous (November 9, 2001)

i agree this is a great cd, but I dont' really like listening to it. I heard this cd, and didn't think "this isn't what rancid's supposed to sound like" i thought "i don't like listening to this." i'm not saying it's a bad album because it's not. it's great for someone who likes that kind of punk, but it's not for me.

legaltoxic (September 15, 2001)

punkest? i'm sick of hearing people calling this record as the "punkest in 10 years." hello? WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN? for the punx, lower class crucifixion, all ages and the grey race, they're by far the punkest. indeed, musically, this record is faster than any other rancid songs, but that doesn't mean it's the punkest, is it?

Anonymous (August 27, 2001)

PERFECT!
Punkest cd since a long time...
It's very good!!!
AH! I canb't believe how much it's great!

Just one word to describe it...

PUNK!!!

Anonymous (June 2, 2001)

3 1/2??? Come on Aubin, I give this a perfect score.

Anonymous (May 3, 2001)

Awesome. One of the greatest CD's ever. It's pure hardcore/punk, and doesn't let up for a second. It's completely unrelenting. The first few songs all blend together and just pummel you. A great CD altogether. Some people say it all sounds the same, but I couldn't disagree more. I think this has the most variety of any of their releases. Definitely something every punk fan should give a chance.

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