Review: The Way

English punk band Buzzcocks came out of the blue and released the entertaining new album, The Way. 

Much to my surprise the album is quite good. The band hold strong with the power chords that gave bands like themselves and Ramones that excellent, catchy sound. I think it is safe to say these guys sound real good for a bunch of old guys who have not released a single album since 2006.

I wouldn’t say their song writing skills on The Way are anything particularly interesting, the choruses and riffs hold more then enough for the songs to come out strong. I personally quite enjoyed the opening song Keep On Believing and the song Third Dimension. Another strong point for the album is the traditional short length of the songs and the album as a whole. If these songs were any longer then the three minute mark they would be very repetitive.

I think for the fact that Buzzcocks have a never ending revolving line up and that they haven’t released anything new in so many years, that this is a decent effort. It is by no means a return of their punk hey day but they barely scrape up enough good material to make a fine album. Fans of the band should be happy by The Way in it’s heavy simplicity.

There is not much else to say really. The music is simple and straight to the point. It rocks but is clearly not going to set the world on fire.

Rating : 6 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. Keep On Believing
  2. People Are Strange Machines
  3. The Way
  4. In The Back
  5. Virtually Real
  6. Third Dimension
  7. Out of The Blue
  8. Chasing Rainbows/Modern Times
  9. It's Not You
  10. Saving Yourself