Gen­er­a­tionRX

MDDN / BMG

Australian Guitar - - Technique - SARAH COMEY

The honourary Aussies come full cir­cle on their short­est, but per­haps sweet­est al­bum yet. The cap­i­tal­ist-pop hooks that de­fined their 2016 LP, Youth

Au­thor­ity (a half-assed come­back that re­ally needed this course-cor­rect­ing fol­low-up) are abun­dant in the struc­tures that LP7 are built on, but the quin­tet’s pop-punk roots break through at ev­ery cor­ner, cho­ruses loud and verses livid. Gui­tars are the chunki­est and most au­then­ti­cally fo­cused they’ve been since the early aughts, with Benji Mad­den prov­ing that even as the group cosy fur­ther up to the main­stream, he still has a keen ear for a solid riff. “True rock” devo­tees need not bother, but for those who like a bit of sugar with their shred,

Gen­er­a­tionRX de­liv­ers the goods.

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