CD Review: Lagwagon “Hang”

Fat Wreck Chords
Produced by: Joey Cape
Tracks: 12

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Fans of 90’s punk rock darlings Lagwagon can all rejoice as the band is back with their first new album in 9 years. Simply titled “Hang” the album features 12 brand new tracks from lead vocalist Joey Cape and company and capitalizes on the bands signature punk sound while blending in elements of rock and heavy metal giving each track and edgy in your face punch.

With 9 years since the release of Lagwagon’s last album “Resolve” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the band dominated my car stereo during my early college years. Well it’s safe to say I was not let down. Everything that first drew me to the band was present along with some newly added bells and whistles. Tracks like “Reign” and “Burning Out in Style” are classic Joey Cape numbers reminiscent of the bands earlier songs found on albums like “Hoss” and “Double Plaidinum” while tracks like “The Cog in the Machine” and “Western Settlements” have a much harder feel which was something that I really enjoyed.

From start to finish “Hang” runs the gambit of musical styling. From full on punk rock to acoustic tinged ballads there is something for everyone on this album. Musical variety and catchy, heartfelt lyrics make this a great listen.

Track Listing:
1.) Burden of Proof
2.) Reign
3.) Made of Broken Parts
4.) The Cog in the Machine
5.) Poison the Well
6.) Obsolete Absolute
7.) Western Settlements
8.) Burning Out in Style
9.) One More Song
10.) Drag
11.) You Know Me
12.) In Your Wake

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