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Riddlin' Kids
Stop The World
Aware / Columbia Records

Most of you out there say that the pop punk phenomena has been played out, that there is nothing new or fresh in the scene. And for the most part, I would be forced to agree with you. But here is a fine exception to the generalization: Stop The World by Riddlin' Kids. This band was one of the progenitors of the ponk scene (as I call it) and has always been at the head of it, ever pushing forward to bigger and better things. This new record is certainly no exception. "Never Live It Down" is full of the raw energy and enthusiasm that has always propelled this band ahead of the pack. The guitars are brilliantly positioned, taking tired riffs and breathing new life into them. "Get To It" keeps the frenetic pace going, but alternates between lighter interludes before launching heavily into a veritable explosion of a chorus. Exploring some very cool harmony vocals and driving polyrhythms on "Stop The World", Riddlin' Kids show their maturing songwriting talent and unique ear for great pop music. "Promise You Anything" blends My Bloody Valentine-esque guitars into the mix, creating an especially fun to listen to rock song. The song screams twenty-something angst and does it with its tongue firmly outside its cheek.

Stop The World is nothing more than a showcase for a band that has been around for years, yet remains at the top of their game. These older dudes blow away the younger bands, creating more melodic and captivating songs than any of their contemporaries. Instad of focusing on what may or may not profit them in the marketplace, Riddlin' Kids seem to be making music that comes from the heart (and occasionally groin) and that is the truest way to make great music. Whether you believe ponk to be played out or not, this is one album I highly recommend to make you feel young again.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Never Live It Down
2. Get To It
3. Stop The World
4. Apology
5. Promise You Anything
6. Talk Of The Town
7. I Want You To Know
8. I Hate You
9. Revenge
10. Turn Around
11. Ship Jumper
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