Coaster

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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 16

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  1. brooksb
    Jul 9, 2009
    9
    El Hefe has really outdone himself on this album, and Mike's songwriting is as diverse and tight as ever. Not an instant classic, but compared to 99% of the other music you could listen to this is absolutely amazing stuff. It's impossible to compare to other NOFX albums at this point since it's still new to me, but my first impression is very positive. Of course it sounds a El Hefe has really outdone himself on this album, and Mike's songwriting is as diverse and tight as ever. Not an instant classic, but compared to 99% of the other music you could listen to this is absolutely amazing stuff. It's impossible to compare to other NOFX albums at this point since it's still new to me, but my first impression is very positive. Of course it sounds a lot like their older stuff -- but it's the sound that they created themselves! If they drastically changed their style (a la Green Day) it would be a huge disappointment to me, and I've been a fan since the mid-90's. Expand
  2. JusTin
    Jun 3, 2009
    8
    While not as classic as Heavy Petting Zoo or S & M Airlines, it's still has a few gems. Fat Mike has matured a bit in his lyrical writings. "My Orphan Years" is atypical for a NOFX song, with strong emotions of loss of family to death. But do not fret, there are nods to Indigo Girls inspired indie rock twins Tegan & Sarah in "Creeping Out Sarah." "Blasphemy (the Victimless Crime)" is While not as classic as Heavy Petting Zoo or S & M Airlines, it's still has a few gems. Fat Mike has matured a bit in his lyrical writings. "My Orphan Years" is atypical for a NOFX song, with strong emotions of loss of family to death. But do not fret, there are nods to Indigo Girls inspired indie rock twins Tegan & Sarah in "Creeping Out Sarah." "Blasphemy (the Victimless Crime)" is classic sounding NOFX. I highly recomend this album for any NOFXist. It still rings of the Cali punk style, which may be underground, but still pounds its chest strong. Expand
  3. TedK
    Jun 11, 2009
    9
    Perhaps a bit rushed, or perhaps there is just nothing left to sing about, the latest offering from this punk rock elite outfit is neither their best or worst record to date. Unfortunately this is more of a straight up rock record than their forays into assorted roots of music and their brash brand of humor is fairly absent from this record with the exception of their single "Creeping Out Perhaps a bit rushed, or perhaps there is just nothing left to sing about, the latest offering from this punk rock elite outfit is neither their best or worst record to date. Unfortunately this is more of a straight up rock record than their forays into assorted roots of music and their brash brand of humor is fairly absent from this record with the exception of their single "Creeping Out Sara" which is a short and very humorous piece about creeping out Sara (or was it Tegan?) from the canadian folk duo Tegan & Sara once night backstage at a show. If you were to introduce someone to NOFX's music, this would probably be more towards the bottom of the list of what they should listen to first, but like most NOFX records, it's not a certain charm to it and they really can't write a bad record (or even a bad song for that matter). Their last record was a stellar effort, but this one doesn't seem to match. Perhaps age has caught up with them or they've settled a bit on their haunces when it comes to the songwriting process. All in all, any fan of NOFX will enjoy this record, but it will only temporary hold them over until the next effort and if you're a first time listener, please give their earlier work a spin and then consider coming back. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2010
    8
    This is a pretty cool album, its full of the humour that NOFX are famous for, but it also gets very personal on songs like orphan year, Im a huge fan of the band and i love it, but for people just wanting to get in to NOFX i would recommend war on errorism or white trash two heebs and a bean. still a great little album though
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67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

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  1. As a whole, it's not one of their best records, considering the size of their discography, but it's not a bad little record. Fans will like it since the band is still shining as a tight unit and hasn't lost a step musically.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    Solid, creative, urgent albums like Coaster cement the fact that whenever someone gets around to opening a Punk Rock Hall Of Fame, NOFX should be in its inaugural clas. [Jun 2009, p97]
  3. Beneath their notorious humour, 11th studio album Coaster is less angry than previous political witch hunts, but Fat Mike and co still love to offend.