Various Artists

Sk8erboy Rock, Vol. 2

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A collection of punk-pop savvy enough to hitch its wagon to teen pop punk wannabe Avril Lavigne's hit "Sk8er Boi," Sk8erboy Rock, Vol. 2 features some surprisingly decent music from bands that formed before Lavigne and her fans were probably even glimmers in their parents' eyes. The venerable Fleshtones contribute two of the album's best tracks, "Medley: My Kinda Lovin'" and "Dig In," both of which serve as reminders that they're easily the equals, if not superiors, of any of the bands in the garage rock revival of the '00s. Their contemporaries Pylon provide another of the collection's standouts, "Sloganistic," which might be a little too arty and obscure for the "sk8erboy" set, but is nonetheless one of the best tracks here. Freemasonry's "Sensible" and "Alive With Pleasure" are more in line with the shiny-yet-aggressive punk-pop that flourished in the late '90s and early '00s, while the sweetly jangly "What's Your Sign?" by Lava Love is as close as the collection gets to anything Lavigne-esque. Tracks from Five-Eight and Insane Jane round out the album, making it a solid collection of punk-pop; if Lavigne fans check it out and discover some worthy bands because of its name, then so much the better.

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