Pennywise Reason to Believe

Pennywise Reason to Believe
For 20 years, Pennywise have been one of the most consistent bands in contemporary punk rock. However, that consistency has often been cited as their one major shortcoming. Critics would suggest that any Pennywise song could fit onto any Pennywise album, and to those not familiar with the band, such a statement would seem true. Reason to Believe is unmistakably a Pennywise album; fans of their pre-2003 material are likely to find comfort in the old school feel of songs such as "Die for You,” "You Get the Life You Chose” and "Something to Live For,” which are amongst the many skate punk anthems on the album, and are more than likely to induce feelings of nostalgia. Those who have never counted themselves amongst the band’s fans aren’t going to be raising their hands this time around but long-time fans will be pleased. However, with Reason to Believe, the old dog has learned some new tricks. The album is being released for free via MySpace Records, which is certainly going to get it into numerous stereos and hard drives. Furthermore, the production quality (courtesy of Cameron Webb) has put a pleasant shine on the band’s songwriting. Reason to Believe might make people want to dig out their skateboards. However, with the exception of a few songs, it’s more likely to make people remember how good Unknown Road was and dig that out instead, which is the largest problem Pennywise face in not having refined their sound in the last 20 years. (MySpace)