The new record DOES own. It's their best album, hands down. Those calling them out for being "radio rock" as if the band didn't have radio friendly songs in the past are really buying into a non-term like a Fox News talking point.
If people can open their minds just a little, hopefully they'll see that it's just a great fucking rock and roll album. I'm so fed up with rock music sub-genre in-fighting, as if they've started singing about fucking women and beating people up like what most would call "cock rock". It's a group of guys playing instruments and making catchy rock music. Simple as that.
Musically, the album/their change in sound reminds me of the direction Sum 41 took with Chuck
and Fenix TX took with Lechuza
. That might be why I love it so much.