The Fight

Nothing New Since Rock 'n' Roll

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The Fight move from Fat Wreck to L.A.'s Repossession Records for Nothing New Since Rock 'n' Roll, the U.K. quartet's second full-length and first with A New Found Glory and Yellowcard producer Neal Avron. The professional helming provides for greater separation on the guitars, emphasizes the "whoa-woah" backing vocals, and favors energy-building breakdowns before the big chorus payoffs. But the Fight put little of themselves into that very familiar template, resulting in a satisfactorily rowdy but ultimately number-punching punk-pop effort. While it rocks a contemporary, Warped Tour-friendly sound, Nothing New struggles to build character. There are some Clash overtones here and there, due mostly to lead Fighter K8's bawdy snarl on lines like "What the hell you gonna do? When we all come lookin for you" ("Forgotten Generation"). But she's full of just such generalizations -- "I'm a lazy sod...And I won't get a job...I won't even get dressed!" she whines on "Can't Be Bothered" -- and the lyrical shortcomings considerably lessen the effectiveness of otherwise capable entries like "Karaoke Star," "JB's," and "Don't Tell Me."

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