What comes across here as an American college punk rock band actually comes from Sweden. Nicke Borg Homeland, founding member and frontman of the Backyard Babies, has been walking solo since their break. After two EPs it was time for a complete album, which was released in his home country about a year ago. A breath of Americana blows through the entire production. "Making Out With Chaos" is at the same time snotty and melodic, just as you know it from Green Day, and also some other songs remind of the trio from Berkeley. Fortunately, Borg's raw voice gives all songs, including the ballads, a certain rudeness throughout. Otherwise, some of them would have drifted into overly pleasing Blink 182 regions. Admittedly, they weren't always as smooth as they were when they became mass-compatible. Even the purified Swede, who has finally renounced drugs, loves the almost pop melodies ("Out Of Line"). But in the end he proves that Rock keeps you young. Even after more than twenty years he still manages to sound fresh and full of energy.
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