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After a seven-year break, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones returned to the public eye with 2009’s Pin Points and Gin Joints. The time away obviously re-energized and refocused the band; this album finds them doing what they do best, but with more muscle and confidence than they had in their younger days. Where the band used to deliver their manic styles in tandem—with wiry ska sections usually giving way to explosive rock choruses—the elements are more integrated here, as the band’s tightly knit ska rhythms are beefed up, giving them a new cohesion and steady drive. The album opens with a momentous triple punch: “Graffiti Worth Reading” into “Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah” into “The Route That I Took.” The Bosstones hadn't lost their edge, but the songs now boasted a rootsy, organic feel, highlighted by the organ playing of John Goetchius. The band could still turn in the roaring pop-punk of “I Wrote It,” “Wasted Summers,” and “Too Many Stars,” but as they aged, they seemed more and more comfortable on subtle and introspective songs, like “A Pretty Sad Excuse.”

Customer Reviews

Great to have them back

This album is much in the vein of Medium Rare and Jackknife to a Swan in that it is softer than their previous fare. However, the song writing, electrifying party atmosphere and general awesomeness remains.

Back to what's it all about - fun!

I'll start by saying that i'm a die hard Bosstones fan. I make the annual trip to Boston for the Throwdown from South Florida. However, I can be objective.

Pay Attention and Jacknife were average at best. There were some hits and many misses. I was dissapointed, but they were still Bosstones albums...

Well let me tell you, the hiatus did the band some good. This is now my favorite Bosstones album. The party is back, the fun is back, the song writing is back. Dickey is back telling his stories and sounding better then ever. The horns, guitars, bass, and drums are what you come to expect with the Bosstones. While not as hard as their earlier albums; the sound is very similar to Let's Face It.

Buy the album. You'll love it! Take my word for it.

Having Fun

Dicky and the gang honestly sound like they had a blast recording this... The horns sound great and it's good to hear the keyboards on "The Route That I Took."

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 Sublime,...
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