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It's great to see Jim go out on his own (no offense to the rest of TBP), and release a strong first effort. It still sounds a lot like Pennywise, but that's definitely not a bad thing. I'm excited to see what Zoli brings to the next Pennywise CD, and where Jim goes with the Black Pacific moving forward. Gotta stay loyal to each, and I wish both Pennywise and The Black Pacific the best moving forward!- If you're ever in a tough situationWe'll be there with no hesitationBrotherhood's our rule we cannot bend!!!!
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First off, for those who might not know, Black Pacific is a band that Jim Lindberg started not long after leaving his very sucessful career fronting Pennywise. The reasons behind that split have somewhat spilled out, but as a fan of both Jim, and Pennywise itself, I'll try to keep this review as unbiased as possible.The Good: if your looking for some nice melody and some somewhat faster paced "typical" southern cal generated punk rock, you should be happy with this release. While none of the songs really seem to "stand out" to me, its overall a solid album with no real filler-i.e chuck this one into your car or onto your ipod and let it rip, and you'll be in for a pleasant journey.The bad: The main thing that bugs me about this album is that, to an extent, it seems as though Jim is reaching for more of a mainstream audience, like with the screaming on "the system", and he is trying to take somewhat of a page from the playbook of some of the newer "scene"...
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Awesome record! Saw them live in Stockholm last thursday. Jim's king! Miss the original PW. But he gave us this. Like TBP!