Less Than Jake

Borders & Boundaries

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After Less Than Jake left the majors and returned to its minor-label roots with Fat Wreck Chords, a funny thing happened. Rather than produce a more back-to-the-basics album, the veteran skasters did just the opposite. Borders and Boundaries borders on being overproduced, and the lyrics trend more toward the trite and trivial. It's the band's slickest, most polished effort yet, and offers more of the same party music. A slight change can be heard in the horns, which sound tighter. Fans won't be disappointed, but purists might -- its safe sound reeks of a major-label record incognito.

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