Album Review: Rancid "Troublemaker"

 

Rancid was formed in 1991 by band members Tim Armstrong and Matt Freemen, with the current lineup including Lars Frederiksen and Brandon Steineckert. This is Rancid’s ninth studio album to date and was released by Epitaph Records on June 9, 2017.

If you’re an old school Punk Rocker like myself very few things will get you more stoked than a new Rancid album. This album is a follow up to their last album, "Honor Is All We Know" that was released in 2014.

Lets talk about "Trouble Maker," this album has seventeen tracks plus two additional bonus tracks on the deluxe version. One thing I have always loved about Rancid is that they remain true to their roots and this album is no exception! This is a Punk Rock album plain and simple and if you’re expecting something different you may be a bit disappointed. Over the last month I have listened to this album over and over with the same conclusion, its Rancid! My favorite tracks on this album are Telegraph Avenue, Farewell Lola Blue, All American Neighborhood, Where am I Going and Make it out Alive to name a few.

Punk Rock is about protest, anger, political awareness, acceptance and tolerance and I think all of the above have been captured in this album. I find it refreshing that Rancid as a band still clings to its fundamental Punk Rock roots, making no excuses for who they are, and I hope they never change!

Rancid is currently touring in support of "Trouble Maker!" Visit their website www.rancidrancid.com for details, but don’t wait long tickets are going fast!

Album Review by Patrick Gilrane

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