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CD Review: Rekless Youth 

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The Deal: Fresh off their win at the Muzak Battle of the Bands in March, the punk trio releases their sophomore album.

The Good: Ah, good ol' punk music – rough around the edges, fueled by teen angst and gritty like it should be. The 13-track disc clocks in at 33 minutes, but that's about all you need. It's fast and furious without drowning out the vocals. They're sticking to the punk mold and showing a good amount of musical maturity for a young group. They get political, but keep it simple. It's that good skater punk reminding me of bands like Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Black Flag and Operation Ivy. The band also shows a hint of diversity with the acoustic, instrumental "Abrir Los Ojos."

The Bad: Not much to gripe about – these teens have a long road ahead of them. The only complaint might be the lack of a visual of guitarist Madison's Mohawk that goes so well with the music.

The Verdict: The CD keeps the band's energy intact. As one of the judges from the Battle of the Bands, I'm glad the CD sounds just as good as their live show.

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