Catch 22 Dinosaur Sounds

I don’t know if it’s fair to judge a band on past success, but every Catch 22 album since Keasby Nights has left me vaguely disappointed. It’s not that Catch 22 isn’t a capable ska-punk band, but that they had previously achieved a unique sound that they haven’t been able to recreate since. Dinosaur Sounds definitely doesn’t come close to the originality of Keasby Nights and continues with the more pop punk-ish approach the band has taken since signing to Victory Records. There are also some metallic breakdowns that the band has always been so skilled at integrating, but for the most part the album is rather upbeat. There’s nothing overly original here, but Dinosaur Sounds is an album that solidly contributes in the vein of the last two Catch 22 albums. (Victory)