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Mustard Plug
Evildoers Beware! (Hopeless Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Mustard Plug takes energetic ska and fast paced rhythms and hooks to the next level by throwing in some punk here and there for your listening pleasures! And the outcome is a tasty delicatessen sure to satisfy your taste buds.

The first track, "Box," starts it off with some great hooks and a mighty infectious chorus. It starts out very heavy, and then the horns come in and lighten up the mood. Once vocals enter your already skankin' up and down the floor. Then the chorus hits and you can't sing along. The hooks are so catchy and addictive. They grab you by the ears and force you to listen to them. But you don't have to be forced. Your willing and eager to hear more! "Suburban Homesick Blues" start it off with a quick bass intro and then just into some energetic ska riffs, and a few horns here and there. Soon more horns are added and that's when it gets exceptionally good! You'll be dancing to this song. "You" is another fine track. The drums add a lot to this song, as does the bass. The vocals are much more delicate on this track, and the beats are softer. Then the chorus hits and everything changes. It gets heavier and louder. Then it transfers back to the softer side of the song. Keep on skankin'. Track six, "Go," spices things up a little with a fast ska-punk style. As the horns blare the drums work overtime. The vocals quickly say what they have to. All the while the bass is adding depth to the song, and the guitar playing loud and fast. "Jerry" puts some dancing back into the beat, and your feet recognizes that. They quickly start moving to the beat. The chorus adds thick horns and heavy guitar to add some power to the song. Then back to the fast and energetic third-wave ska your feet love dancing too. Track nine brings us "Miss Michigan." A song about relationships gone bad, and how the vocalist would be better off dating "Miss Michigan." The final track is "Beer (song.)" A great ska-punk song that will get you skankin', and at times even get you going crazy with pure energy that you will get from feeding off the song.

Mustard Plug has come through with their new album. Each track is very solid and can stand on it's own. Each song is brilliantly composed. From each punk beat to every fun loving ska beat, you'll find it all on here. Twelve songs, and thirty-eight minutes of non stop fun is present all through this album. This album deserves an A.

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