Still Unknown

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Still Unknown finds the boys from Ohio beginning to incorporate melodies and passages that show a maturing songwriting ability. The opener, "Puzzles," is much more open and free than their previous output, bringing to mind late-period Hüsker Dü without transforming into Bob Mould worship. But the Minneapolis guitarist's harmonic riffs are obviously an influence on their sound, directly or indirectly. The band is a tighter unit on this album too, letting their songs change in a more natural way than their previous start-and-stop compositions. The lyrics can still be immature, but that is the natural of the pop-punk beast. At least the band learned to throw in some dynamics and their performances are obviously better, making for one of the better underground pop-punk records from 1999.

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