Rancid Let The Dominoes Fall
Spin: "The sunny brutalism of Rancid's East Bay ska-thrash has lost nary a step and their ethical-emotional rigor is as sweet as it is pure."
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- Released: June 2, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Epitaph
Rolling Stone - p.723.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] Rancid album par excellence -- a cannonball blast of punk classicism, alternating between galloping double-time punk pogos and the soulful swing that co-frontman Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen learned from the Clash."
Spin - p.97"The sunny brutalism of Rancid's East Bay ska-thrash has lost nary a step and their ethical-emotional rigor is as sweet as it is pure."
Alternative Press - p.1214 stars out of 5 -- "The 19 tracks on LET THE DOMINOES FALL range in length from 64 seconds to a whopping four-plus minutes, encompassing everything from circle-pit scenarios, brisk bluebeat workouts and heart-on-sleeve introspection."
Billboard - "Over hard-charging rock, swinging ska-punk or just acoustic guitars and mandolins, Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen deliver another round of catchy choruses..."
- 1.East Bay Night
- 2.This Place
- 3.Up to No Good
- 4.Last One to Die
- 6.I Ain't Worried
- 8.New Orleans
- 9.Civilian Ways
- 10.The Bravest Kids
- 11.Skull City
- 12.L.A. River
- 14.Dominoes Fall
- 15.Liberty and Freedom
- 16.You Want It, You Got It
- 18.That's Just the Way It Is Now
- 19.The Highway
Rancid: Lars Frederiksen , Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar); Matt Freeman (vocals, bass guitar); Branden Steineckert (drums).
Personnel: Greg Graffin, Pat Wilson (vocals); Ryan Foltz (mandolin); Joel Pargman (violin); Michael Bolger (horns); Booker T. Jones (keyboards); Brett Gurewitz (percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Ina Veli (violin); Tom Lea (viola); Adrienne Woods (cello); Vic Ruggiero (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: John Morrical; Tim Armstrong; Brett Gurewitz .
Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Recording information: Bloodclot; Jhoc; Skywalker Sound; Sound City.
Arranger: Jay Terrien.
Considering that Rancid's seventh studio album was largely written on acoustic guitars at new drummer Brandon Steineckert's small town Utah-based recording facility, one might guess that the band had mellowed. Not so: LET THE DOMINOES FALL is a particularly spirited set of the kind of anthemic old-school punk rock the band does best. The first single, "Last One To Die," sounds like the Pogues and the Clash in a drunken brawl at a Who concert, while other tracks recall the group's ska-punk roots in Operation Ivy. Produced by Bad Religion/Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewirtz the record features Rancid's trademark mix of uncompromising music and insightful lyrics delivered in lead singer Tim Armstrong's inimitable mush-mouthed vocal style.