Sound — 9
Propagandhi is by far the finest example of a band that evolves with each album. Supporting Caste being no exception. My first impression is that the band is getting heavier, but more melodic at the same time. Chris' vocals haven't changed much. Overall the guitar, bass and drums have developed technically and musically. Propagandhi continues to break ground in their own sub-genre of punk.
Lyrics — 8
Any Propagandhi fan knows that this band is fueled by their beliefs, and that the music is a vessel to deliver said beliefs. My only complaint would be that in a few places the speed and tempo of the song doesn't allow for a good delivery of the lyrics. In "Dear Coach's Corner" the lyrics are a letter from a concerned uncle who is disturbed by Don Cherry's "Support Our Troops" rants and is concerned his niece will have to grow up believing that to love hockey is to support Canada's military actions on foreign soil.
Overall Impression — 9
Comparing Propagandhi albums is like comparing new computer processors, I thought their album "Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes" was their best album until "Potemkin City Limits" came out and I was mind-blown, today I was mind-blown again. My favorite songs are the namesake "Supporting Caste" and "Dear Coach's Corner" And considering I bought this album today(on it's release date) for $10CDN from HMV I couldn't be happier. If I lost this CD I would buy it again. I'd pay double.