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PunkGoes90sPunk Goes 90s Vol. 2
Fearless Records

The 15th instalment of the Punk Goes… series has arrived, continuing a yearly trend of unique approaches to modern and classic hits.

Featuring its usual highs such as Yellowcard’s violin-inspired cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Today or Garret Rapp’s incredible vocal melodies in The Color Morale’s take on the Foo Fighter’s historic Everlong; the compilation also includes some tragic lows including Falling In Reverse’s continuing self-destruction in their cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Hands Like Houses’ version of Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn is will continue to tug at teen girls hearts whilst Asking Alexandria’s performance of Nine Inch Nails’ Closer will be a synth-filled joy for metal heads.

Derek Sanders may have stolen the show yet again; with his soaring vocal build in Mayday Parade’s exuberant adaption of Bush’s Comedown that is seemingly better then the original. The same can’t be said for Get Scared’s attempt at Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy, which they really haven’t altered or added anything to.

Overall, Punk Goes 90s Vol.2 may be the most solid and impressive release of the series to date and certainly beats listening to Punk Goes Christmas.

AARON BRYANS