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In Black and White [Mustard Plug]

  • 1. Who Benefits?
    2. Over the Edge
    3. Hit Me! Hit Me!
    4. Time to Wake Up
    5. Something New
    6. You Can't Go Back
    7. Life Is Too Short
    8. Copasetic
    9. On and On
    10. Tell Me
    11. Puddle of Blood
    12. Real Rat Bastard
    13. What You Say
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20694

  • Credits
    ProducerBill Stevenson; Jason Livermore; Bill Stevenson; Jason Livermore
    EngineerBill Stevenson; Jason Livermore; Johnny Schou; Andrew Berlin; Bill Stevenson; Jason Livermore; Johnny Schou; Andrew Berlin

    Mustard Plug: David Kirchgessner (vocals); Jim Hofer (baritone); Colin Clive (guitar); Rick Johnson (bass guitar); Nathan Cohn (drums); Brandon Jenison.
    Personnel: Brandon Jenison (trumpet, background vocals); Jim Hofer (trombone); Rick Johnson (keyboards).
    You have to give these guys credit: no one can tell them that ska-punk is over. On their sixth album and 16 years into their musical career, Mustard Plug are still sticking with the verities: sharp horn charts, big and crunchy guitars, vocals that are more enthusiastic than tuneful (though still fairly tuneful) and lots of gleefully skanking backbeats. "Gleeful" may not be not the first word that comes to mind on listening to these songs, though. In Black and White opens in an up-tempo but dark mood, with the dour "Who Benefits?" followed by the even darker "Over the Edge." "Hit Me! Hit Me!" brightens things up a bit and offers the album's first real hooks; by "You Can't Go Back" the band seems to have started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and "On and On," which is one of the album's strongest tracks, is also its most unapologetically poppy. This is where you can really hear Mustard Plug's 16 years of accumulated songcraft pay off. Then they go out with a two-fisted bang: the snotty and hilarious "Real Rat Bastard" and the horn-heavy, singsongy "What You Say." Most ska-punk bands celebrate their maturity by breaking up; this one shows signs of being in it for the long haul. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.186) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The bouncy rhythms found in every song play off the combination of horns and guitar that work as well now as they did during the Third Wave's heyday."
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