Big Drill Car

Batch

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Serving up another quick collection of poppy punk gems -- Batch is the band's second full album to clock in under half an hour -- Big Drill Car don't really change at all from CD Type Thing, keeping to the same solid course as before. Egerton is joined by bandmate Bill Stevenson on production duties, but, as before, no attempts are made to turn Big Drill Car into All. Arnold continues offering up his chunky, catchy riffs as before, throwing in a solo or two at points, but otherwise just letting the songs do their thing. Drummer Marcroft handles things well enough, throwing in a few tempo changes at points while not sounding like a Neil Peart wannabe. Bassist Thomson, on what would be his final studio recording with the group, throws in a fun bit of flash himself at points (check out "If It's Poison"). Daly continues in fine voice, sounding a lot at times like Dexter Holland's eventual role model, though with a sweeter edge, still singing about life and love with a unpretentious, thoughtful air. "Never Ending Endeavor" is a strong one for him and the band as a whole, Daly's reflections on maintaining a relationship carried strongly by all (even breaking into a bit of funk rock รก la the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but happily done without sounding like jerks). Devo's "Freedom of Choice" is turned into something that sounds like a Big Drill Car original, but doesn't suffer a whit for it, Arnold playing the main melody line with aplomb and Daly singing with verve.

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