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Rancid Life Won't Wait
by Y-Nam


If you've ever listened to any of Rancid's previous albums, you'll know that they're not just the average '90s punk revival band (in the vein of Green Day, NOFX, Blink-182). Their three earlier albums sound like the Clash but rock harder. I love Tim Armstrong's autobiographical lyrics and he can really put them to music. Life Won't Wait is absolutely the best album I have ever heard. In twenty-two tracks, Rancid tells us what they think of drug addiction, working for the man, post-war eastern europe, hooligans and rudies, america, the government, and even a little-known topic called love. 

There are actually two love songs here, Who Would've Thought and Corazon de Oro, which translates from Spanish into "heart of gold". Life Won't Wait isn't immediately likeable like Rancid's third album ...And Out Come The Wolves, but it gets more incredible with every listen. It's one of those albums where every track is good and you have a different favorite every week, providing you listen to it everyday, which I guarantee you will be doing if you buy this album. It has a lot more ska and reggae than the other albums even though ...And Out Come The Wolves had three ska songs. I really like 1998, which has this fantastic guitar riff. My friend put the third verse of 1998 on her answering machine outgoing message. She said she wanted the one with the most swearing. The title track has guest vocals from Buju Banton, a Jamaican dancehall legend and also very good friend of Rancid. The last song of an album should always sum up the entire thing and Coppers does the job wonderfully. There is not one less than satisfactory song on the album. Even the songs that don't strike you as extraordinary on the first listen eventually will. 

Songs that are immediately catchy: Bloodclot (I couldn't get enought of this when I first heard it), Leicester Square, 1998, Coppers Songs that are very different from the old Rancid: Life Won't Wait, Hooligans, Crane Fist, Who Would've Thought, Wrongful Suspicion, Corazon de Oro Songs that are highly underrated: Hoover Street, Warsaw, Cash Culture and Violence, Coctails, The Wolf, Something in the World Today

All the songs rock. Enjoy!

 


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