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Madison Road
Artist: Jesse and the Rockers 
Label:  Screaming Giant
Length:  13 tracks/53:39 minutes

These guys have matured and grown tighter since their last album, returning with more pop punk for
the high school skate rat.  If you've heard much punk, though, you'll quickly grow bored with this. 
The whole album is like the most mediocre Face to Face song played over and over.  There are a few spots and intros where they could almost break out and do something different, but they always slip back into their default sound and your ears go back to sleep.  It doesn't help that they bury the vocals and lead guitar parts further back in the mix than the rhythms.  They do listeners a favor by including song meaning summaries in the liner notes, but for these songs it's not really necessary, as they're mostly self-explanatory, conversational songs about Jesus.  If you're in high school or younger and you just want some regular-joe pop punk with lyrics your parents will dig, here you go. 

Josh Spencer   6/14/2000


Josh Spencer, contributing senior associate editor for The Phantom
Tollbooth for over two years, is also publisher and editor-in-chief of
spiritual pop culture webzine Stranger Things.  Reviews and articles by
him are usually simultaneously published in some form at


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