Sound: 'Pennywise', the 1991 debut album from the band of the same name is one of the most refreshing and enjoyable punk rock albums I've ever bought. Startlingly fast and loud, this album is enough to get anyone banging their heads and spraying beer over someone at a college party yet, as fun as it is, it is also album you can listen to and reflect on as it has very deep and meaningful lyrics. No NOFX and Vandals stooopidity here. Being quite an old album - 14 years to be precise - the volume isn't as loud as it could be, but the sheer quality of the songs more than makes up for this. Every instrument can be heard clearly and the lyrics aren't distorted or lost in a wall of sound, so that's good. // 8
Lyrics: The lyrics on most of the album are written by Pennywise's late bassist (and founding member) Jason Thirsk. He was definately the most gifted member of Pennywise when it came to putting words to the music. The lyrics are mainly deep and thought provoking - just check out songs like 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' and 'Bro Hymn', the latter being Pennywise's anthem. // 10
Overall Impression: Overall, this - along with Full Circle - is my favourite Pennywise album. Every song is punk rock gold and memorable - each song has a roaring riff, a catchy verse and an unforgettable chorus. The tracks are:
01. Wouldn't It Be Nice - 10/10 my personal favourite Pennywise song.
02. Rules - 9/10 short, sweet and very fast.
03. The Secret - 10/10 an epic punk song.
04. Living For Today - 10/10 one of the greatest songs Pennywise have written.
05. Come Out Fighting - 8/10 pure punk and very good.
06. Homeless - 9/10 thought provoking.
07. Open Door - 9/10 very catchy.
08. Pennywise - 9/10 a great song to name after themselves.
09. Who's To Blame - 8/10 very short but very fast.
10. Fun And Games - 10/10 very fun song with some great fills.
11. Kodiak - 8/10 a nice riff in this song.
12. Side One - 10/10 a brilliant song.
13. No Reason Why - 9/10 shows off Pennywise's musicianship.
14. Bro Hymn - 10/10 an unforgettable, unbelieveable epic.
I urge anyone who likes their punk rock fun and able to party to but also thoughtful, you must buy this album. It is unbelieveably good. From the amazing 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' to the anthem 'Bro Hymn', this album is flawless. // 10