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  • Summary: The Los Angeles punk band returns with its first album in 35 years featuring the original lineup of D. J. Bonebrake, Exenne Cervenka, John Doe, and Billy Zoom.
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  1. 90
    It’s not just an impressive, even unprecedented comeback, but one that resonates with the vitality and dizzying power of X’s finest music.
  2. May 15, 2020
    90
    “Alphabetland” remains true to the rough sound of those early albums, but pulls the elements together even tighter.
  3. May 12, 2020
    80
    It both feels like a continuance of the band’s classic Eighties sound and it’s actually good.
  4. 80
    Somehow, 40 years later, that fundamental sound is still intact. More than that, instead of sounding stale, it feels like a breath of fresh air. In a world of homogenized punk, it’s good to be able to throw on a record like Alphabetland and be reminded of what a rich tapestry punk can be.
  5. May 12, 2020
    76
    ALPHABETLAND is a return to the X of the early 1980s.
  6. May 12, 2020
    70
    It's not perfect – there's a spoken-word bit tacked on to the end that is less than satisfactory, but the lyrics aren't really the point here. This is a record that fills up a room and begs to be turned up loud.
  7. Uncut
    May 22, 2020
    70
    Not a disaster = almost a triumph. [Jul 2020, p.39]

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