Pop Art

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The Unknown come back with a tight group of tracks on Pop Art, and even seem like they're attempting something new with their sound. They almost sound like classic Soul Asylum at this point, banging away at their songs like it was 1987 Minneapolis all over again. They still manage to maintain their pop-punk attitude, which is so integrated with their melodic intent that they finally managed to flesh a unique sound out of their earlier flirtations with adding dimension to their punk. They also seem like they're not afraid to show a little bit of a metal influence. The only song that hits a sore point is the needless "Blink," a dig at mainstream rockers blink-182 that seems a wee bit unnecessary, considering that they accuse them of knowing nothing about punk rock when they perform an identical style of music. Still, that song is only 30 seconds long, not enough to wreck an album by a long shot. They may not be original, but the Unknown has been at the punk rock game long enough to make solid albums that put many of their more famous contemporaries to shame.

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