Some good selections, some pretty average ones too, especially the ones that have already been pretty prominantly covered by other pop punk bands. I've always had a soft spot for the band, so I definitely found it listenable, but I don't think it'll be one I reach out to put on too much in the future. It's a winner for novelty, but can become annoying pretty fast. Not a bad effort overall, sure beats those other 'covers' comps doing the rounds at the moment.
You know who MxPx are by now, and if you don't, then you aren't looking hard enough. They've been dishing out their brand of pop-punk for years and years now, and have decided to follow up one of their earlier releases, a cover album, with another.
It's a covers album, pop-punk bands have always been pretty prominant at playing covers of classic tracks, usually more for the novelty value than for serious reasons. Flashback to when MxPx, and the pop-punk genre were the flavour of the month, everyone was doing covers, there were multiple compilations full of them, but the fad kinda died when the covers just got worse and worse, and now it's more often cringeworthy than not. So are MxPx about to change that with 'On The Cover II'? Well the answer is yes and no, there are some really good songs on here, and there are a few pretty average ones. 'Punk Rock Girl' would be great, if they had done a little more to the song, plus Diesel Boy already covered it perfectly a while back, 'Suburban Home' is pretty cool, '500 Miles' novelty wears off after one listen. Middle of the album is pop overload, not too bad in small doses. 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', comes up pretty cool with Tom taking over on vocals, and 'Somebody To Love' is pretty alright as a closer too. Agent M of Tsunami Bomb's appearance on 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth' is a highlight.
Well you could do alot worse ("punk goes.." series last few releases), but once you've spun this one a few times, novelty value does wear off pretty fast. Credit to the band for a pretty cool and challenging track selection too, a few unexpected ones. If you love the band, then chances are you'll love this. If you don't, then it won't convert you, but hey, if you are after a bit of a singalong it could be a winner.
The album is available 18th April, 2009 on Tooth & Nail Records.
Pick up a copy online at Play4me.com.au [Here] for $21.18