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Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2 – Compilation

Kimberley Manderson

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The Punk Goes… series has been going for quite some time, and now adds Punk Goes 90’s Vol. 2 to its list. What is essentially the Live Lounge for the pop-punk community, Punk Goes… fuels our generation’s obsession with nostalgia and cover versions.

That’s not to say 90’s Vol. 2 is a bad compilation, as it does contain some real belters. The concept, however, of a compilation CD seems to grow more and more irrelevant in the age of music streaming and playlisting services. 90’s Vol. 2, and indeed most of the Punk Goes… series attempts to get around this by uncovering rarities and theming the covers in a way that others have failed to exploit yet.

The compilation gets off to a pretty unremarkable start, with Get Scared’s cover of Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy which is so similar to the original it’s not really worth bothering.

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!’s version of Smash Mouth’s All Star starts off in the same vein. However, it redeems itself with slightly more enunciated singing and an odd, but somehow fitting, breakdown.

The real standout tracks are The Color Morale’s version of Everlong, and Falling In Reverse’s take on Gangsta’s Paradise. The former starts off more stripped back than the original, giving it an eerie quality. Singer Garrett Rapp’s vocals playing out the song will leave a wee tingle in your spine.

And the latter – well let’s just say that screamy white guys covering a cult 90s rap song is not as crazy as it sounds. In fact it’s brilliant, on-point and brings the track up to date.

Punk Goes 90s Vol.2 is a fun compilation, throwing together tracks that wouldn’t normally sit on the same CD (Du Hast and Torn, anyone?). Yet, there’s no denying that Vol. 2 isn’t a patch on Vol. 1. It’s a nice sentiment, and keeps the series going, but it should be noted that for future compilations, more effort, diversity and enthusiasm has to be put in.

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