Sound — 9
Operation Ivy was a ska/punk band from berkley, and this was their only album ever released. Energy wasnt even released until they broke up. They were a band from 1987-1989, and 2 of their members went on to form Rancid a few years later. This record is a mix of punk, pop punk, and ska. Its very long, with 27 songs. You can hear major Clash influences in there. Its recording quality is average, but the songs are great.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are pretty good. Jesse was wrote all the songs, and sang them all. The lyrics are mosly just about growing up, punk rock, and just every day life. They go together well with the fast music. The singer is pretty good, with a sort of typical raspy punk voice.
Overall Impression — 10
I would compare this to anything by the Clash, Sex Pistols, and Rancid. The most impressive songs are Knowledge, Junkies runnin' dry, and the instrumental Bankshot. I love it, it was a very influencial album, and its fast punk/ska at its best. The only problem is I can rarely make it all the way through, as its really long, and starts to sound repetative after a while. But then again, it is their entire career on one disk. If stolen, I'd buy one right away, its one of my favorites.