MxPx The Renaissance

God's favourite pop punkers are back in the indies with nine new songs. This takes a few songs to hit its stride, as it starts out a little on the light side. The fourth track, "Time Will Tell," is melodic hardcore in the vein of Dave Smalley-era Dag Nasty. They make good use of keyboards on "The Opposite" and employ a cool Black Flag-style riff on "Talk of the Town." The last song, "Yuri Wakes Up Screaming," sounds like something you'd hear on a Screeching Weasel record. (Fat Wreck)