American Made

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Wakefield's American Made moves slightly beyond the tousled look and sound of new-millennium punk-pop for a crunchy rock style all their own. Sure, it's easy to throw 'em in with New Found Glory and the like, but Wakefield isn't as silly in presentation. The brothers Escolopio offer a smart set of songs, while the double team of J.D. Tennyson (guitar) and Mike Schoolden (bass) tightly weave a gnarly mold. From the sugary pop of "Un-Sweet Sixteen" and "Girls Rock" to the post-grunge romp of "Give Me a Reason," Wakefield's party-like energy never fades. "Goodbye" sticks with that adolescent anti-conformist way of thinking without being too repetitive and captures Wakefield's thoughtful disposition in the process. Ryan Escolopio's boyish vocals are a touch unconvincing, but as a whole Wakefield doesn't overdo the punk-inspired rock thing. American Made is a decent album and simple enough to win over some pop kids who are tired of what's hot on the charts.

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