Nothing Sacred

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Hog is the kind of band that gives youth-culture movements a bad name. Green Day may not be the most original band on the planet, but you can believe they at least come by their Clash/Jam influences second-hand. Most everything on Nothing Sacred smells of third-hand thrift shops. As a matter of fact, if the Green Day boys weren't so busy ducking Joe Strummer's lawyers, they might want to have their own legal eagles turn a close ear to Hog's "Get a Job." For variety, the group lurches into unconvincing rockabilly ("Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby") and hillbilly ("You and Me"). Only moody vengeance ballad "Medicine" shows any depth at all. I suppose for your early-teen fanatic who will absolutely "die" if Green Day doesn't release a new album soonest, Nothing Sacred could serve as an emergency placebo.

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