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Editors’ Notes

Rather than rush a follow-up to their multiplatinum breakthrough—1997’s Let’s Face It—The Mighty Mighty Bosstones took their time making Pay Attention, and that commitment to quality control paid off. While the album didn’t produce a hit on par with “The Impression That I Get,” it had plenty of contenders, including “The Skeleton Song,” “All Things Considered,” and “So Sad to Say,” all of which come off as frank and user-friendly without sacrificing the band’s fundamental eccentricity. The band’s newfound maturity is reflected in Dick Barrett’s singing, which is tenderer here than in years past. Even on roaring rock songs like “One Million Reasons,” “Finally,” and “Over the Eggshells,” the band’s mouthpiece substitutes patience for aggression, which makes his stories even more convincing. Among the fan favorites are “Riot on Broad Street,” “Bad News and Bad Breaks,” and the elegiac “The Day He Didn’t Die,” all of which appealed directly to grassroots Bosstones fans, who loved and supported the band long before they became radio darlings.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

This album is one of the best, with great songs and no profanity at all. I don't know why it is labeled "explicit"...It wasn't a few months ago. They were all labeled "clean". Any BossTones fan must buy this album!

Wonderful Band

One of the best ska bands there is, one of my favorite. Let Me Be and All things considered are two of the best songs on this album.

A Stunning Introduction If You've Never Heard TMMB

Until my wife tiurned me on to this album, I had never heard of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and I was absolutely stunned by not only the beauty of the music (even the hard-rock-style numbers have passages of of nearly-overpowering melodic radiance), but by the thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Songs such as "The Day He Didn't Die," "High School Dance" (a chilling piece of work in our post-Columbine society), and the amazing "All Things Considered" made this seem as much a musical novel as it is an amazing album. Many (if not all) the songs will stay with you for a very long time. I cannot think of a better to start with for those who have yet to experience the Bosstones at the height of the creative power and energy.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal and who also helped shift its tone toward testosterone-filled party music. The Bosstones built up a devoted cult following throughout their career, but their level of commercial success never quite matched that of more pop-oriented third wave ska bands, like No Doubt and...
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