Buzzcocks [2003] - Buzzcocks
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  • Summary: Does the world really need another Buzzcocks album? Well, this new LP from Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle (which includes two tracks co-written by fellow original Buzzcock Howard Devoto), the band's fourth since re-forming in 1989, may be their best in many years.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Seamless without being monotonous, "Buzzcocks" is punk rock for grownups, teenagers, and everyone in between, without pandering or becoming a caricature of itself.
  2. It's nice to hear that middle-age hasn't diminished [their] songwriting skills. [28 Mar 2003, p.69]
  3. Hard to imagine Green Day or Rancid having anything this interesting up their sleeve 27 years down the line from their first recording.
  4. 70
    At times positively fizzes into life. [Jun 2003, p.110]
  5. They've still got angst to spare, but their wit has been ground down by 'maturity,' or whatever you want to call it, into a bitter thing that saps a lot of that reckless energy.
  6. The album is good -- remarkably so considering how late it comes in a group's life span -- but it's still a late-era release and suffers from many of the same problems so common to that milieu.
  7. This album is flat boring musically and sonically.

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