Face to Face Reactionary

After a pair of exceptionally lame discs (their self-titled 1996 major label debut and last year's Oasis-sounding Ignorance Is Bliss), the band returns to its pop-punk roots with album number five. Leading off with the driving "Disappointed," the record speeds and swerves through a dozen rockers with reckless abandon on what is their best effort since 1995's Big Choice. It's probably time front-man Trever Keith just accepted that this is what they do best and stop trying to be a serious songwriter. When they're having fun like they are here, few bands in the genre can touch them. Welcome back. (BMG)