GBH Ha Ha

Yet another GBH record; it's easy to be sceptical about such a thing, since their catalogue has been pretty spotty since the mid-'80s, but this is surprisingly good, and maybe the title is a smug assertion of that. Never a band to let intelligence get in the way of songwriting (who can forget "Slut," from their 1982 debut?), this has a few dumb songs on it, like "Superhighway Robbery" and "The Unexpected," but of these 17 songs, there are quite a few memorable numbers. The songs have a rough pop punk edge to them, with catchy riffs and choruses. And considering the band members are in their 40s by now, they still have a lot of life in them and can at least be commended for not giving up. (Go-Kart)