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|Kelefa Sanneh, writing in The New Yorker, about Spraynard:|
Like many of the most important pop-punk bands, Spraynard has figured out that the genre’s juvenile reputation doesn’t preclude thoughtfulness. In fact, the continued vitality of pop punk owes a lot to deft songwriters like Graham, who understand that energetic songs need not be cheerful. (In this respect, the genre’s true trailblazer is not Green Day but Blink-182, who chronicled depression and diarrhea with equal gusto.) “Mable” is full of songs about strained relationships, not all of them necessarily romantic—it is possible that Graham’s most traumatic breakup, and reconciliation, was with his band.
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