NOFX - Pump Up The Valuum (Cover Artwork)
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Pump Up The Valuum (2000)


Ok, it's NOFX. Like I have to even review this, since I know all you kids will buy it regardless. But here goes nothing. "Pump..." is a good, solid NOFX album. It's NOT the best, as you might have read somewhere, but it is good. I would personally put the uncomparable "Punk In Drublic" and "White Trash..." before it. NOFX has certainly not lost their humor on this release, with tracks such as "Clams Have Feelings Too [actually they don't]" and "My Vagina" but they seemed to have lost a step or two in the overall message department.

NOFX's older albums, while containing plenty of humor, also had some political and social messages intertwined, educating the average punker while making them laugh. This album seems to dismiss any content in favor of cheap laughs [save "Dinosaurs Will Die," a rant about major labels]. I'm personally leaning to "The Decline" over this right now in recent NOFX releases, simply because "The Decline" intrigued and educated me. "Pump..." does neither. This doesn't mean people can't enjoy the album, far from it. It simply means that NOFX is content with themselves [but for how long?], and we are getting the end result: yet another NOFX release for the masses [and even a few picky record critics] to enjoy.

[taken from A different kind of greatness webzine]