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Useless ID

The Lost Broken Bones

January 17th, 2009 · post by Chris Walktall · Make a comment

Record label: Suburban Home Records

You have to respect any band that can foster a successful carer living in the middle-east, and that’s what Useless ID has done since 1994. Now the Israeli pop-punk band are returning for a sixth outing. They first gained notoriety when taken under the wing of Kris Roe (Ataris front man) and later appeared on ‘Short Music For Short People’ and ‘Rock Against Bush Vol. 1’ Fat Wreck comps, but are releasing ‘The Lost Broken Bones’ on the American Suburban Home Records.

It’s a bit difficult to know where to start when a band delivers exactly what 15 years of touring and releasing have led you to expect, a good, solid pop-punk offering. And unfortunately, it’s that reliability that is their downfall. It’s at exactly the same pace and style as almost everything else they’ve ever released. It seems formulaic and dull to release another 12 songs, all between 2.30-3.30 min that could have appeared on almost any of their previous albums.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from a bad album and anyone getting into the pop-punk genre will really enjoy it, but I can’t help wishing they’d used their obvious talent to branch out, just a little.

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