Fastbreak Whenever You're Ready

Although 7 Seconds is back with a new album, they aren't going to have the retro youth crew release of the year. That honour is likely going to go to Boston's Fastbreak and this sophomore effort. Recalling the searing yet melodic days of the Crew and New Wind, this record would easily have been of the moment in the mid-'80s. Combining breakneck-speed punk (courtesy of drummer Luke Garro, who's doing double duty with Minor Threat worshippers In My Eyes as well), with a singable melody and angst-filled lyrics, Fastbreak would put Kevin Seconds and company to shame, at least if we're just comparing new albums. (Revelation)