Good Riddance – Thoughts and Prayers (Fat Wreck)

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Good Riddance are the antithesis of every single misconception and myth that the mainstream has fuelled, and believes, about punk rock. Focussed and surgically precise, Good Riddance have always embraced an intelligent, socially conscious lyrical stance and have married their thoughtful musings about the world and humanity with devastatingly catchy, melodic and powerful music. And they have walked the same path, without compromise, for more than two decades.

While it may have been four years since their last album, Thoughts and Prayers picks up where Peace in Our Time left off without missing a beat. Built around, and on, twelve songs that can, and do, stand proudly as equals among the best of Good Riddance’s musical pantheon, Thoughts and Prayers is a testament to the fact that age is relative and that some things really do get better as they get older and dismisses and destroys the overplayed and tired clichés that state that rebellion and making music are best left to the young. In this age of uncertainty and unrest, Good Riddance are a welcome force for good in the ongoing battle to preserve herd sanity from an ever increasing tsumani of mediocrity, imbecility and mundanity.  Welcome back GR, I’ve missed you…  Tim Cundle

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