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  • Summary: The 13th full-length studio release for the Los Angeles punk rock band was produced by Cameron Webb.
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I Don't Like Me Anymore
One morning I woke up Scratched my balls and eyes I looked into the mirror And got a big surprise I don't know who this person is But I've seen his... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Alternative Press
    Oct 10, 2016
    90
    Really, punk doesn't get much better than this. [Nov 2016, p.90]
  2. Kerrang!
    Oct 7, 2016
    80
    This is NOFX at their leanest, and it absolutely rips. [8 Oct 2016, p.52]
  3. 80
    The result is a record much darker in tone than previous outings, yet still harbours the sardonic wit that endeared us to them all those years ago
  4. Oct 7, 2016
    70
    While some of these songs may not be up to the standard of their world-beating best, it’s clear they’re still having a lot of fun.
  5. Nov 1, 2016
    70
    Clearly this is something the band, and Mike in particular, feel passionate about, but “I’m so Sorry Tony” would’ve been a much better finish to the album. Still, there’s enough interesting and flat out good songwriting going on here to make First Ditch Effort worth a recommendation.
  6. Oct 7, 2016
    70
    First Ditch Effort isn't a radical step forward for NOFX--they're still a punk band who smirk more than they shout--but it does successfully take them into a more thoughtful direction, and shows they can mature just a bit and still be themselves.
  7. Oct 13, 2016
    60
    First Ditch Effort doesn't match NOFX's '90s peak, but it rights the ship somewhat, and goes a long way to re-establishing the group as worthy and relevant elder statesmen.

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