ROLL THE TANKS

Broke Til Mid­night Epi­taph/Warner

Blunt - - In Review -

Roll The Tanks’ sec­ond al­bum and first for Epi­taph man­ages to mash blue col­lar rock (e.g. Tom Petty or Spring­steen) with the snarl of an­cient punkers The Clash. Tanks pull off gar­gan­tuan, shouta­long cho­ruses (“Wait­ing On A Storm”), gen­uinely hummable pro­gres­sions and the oc­ca­sional sur­prise (the synth blasts in the fine buz­z­saw pop farewell to Jay Reatard, “Good­night Jimmy Lee”). Those who like their tunes un­pol­ished might take is­sue with pro­duc­tion flour­ishes such as synth hand­claps, which pop up from time to time. And Broke Til Mid­night falls away a tad in the sec­ond half. Though the te­dium of “Hor­net”, for ex­am­ple, can be put off as an iso­lated ex­per­i­ment in stray­ing from a very en­joy­able for­mula. If you’re dis­ap­pointed by the tra­jec­tory of The Gaslight An­them’s last two al­bums, then Roll The Tanks is for you.

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