With Scared Straight, the New Bomb Turks don't deviate from their sleazy, fuel-injected interpretation of the Stooges' patented thrash-and-grind, but for most fans, that's a plus, not a minus. The Turks' revivalism would be tiring if it wasn't for their amateurish enthusiasm and their goofy, off-the-wall sense of humor. Scared Straight might not be as incendiary as their previous albums but the fact that it is their first for Epitaph makes it their biggest release to date. And, with the slight extra production gloss, it is also among their most accessible efforts.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine