"Mad World" (Skin Industries; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

On "Mad World," HB Surround Sound can't seem to decide what they want to be. From the raging punk style of The Sex Pistols to the ska funk of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the rock friendly alternative sound of Sublime, "Mad World" has got it all. 

If you're into variety, and the above-mentioned music genres (and all the sub-genres between them), then "Mad World" probably will be to your liking. Personally, I found it a little uneven, with all the various styles and sounds explored here. I'll give the band credit where credit is due: They play each and every track with confidence and talent. I just found "Mad World" to be too "all over the map" for me. There's a lot of good stuff here and, really, not a bad track to be found. It just doesn't all seem to fit together.

The CD does end on a high note, however, with "Big Truck," a song aimed at all those people in mammoth motor vehicles. You know, the ones that cut you off on the freeway just because they can? "Big Truck" will make you laugh, even if you're one of them (okay, well, maybe not if you're one of them.) 

HB Surround Sound: Mr. Cooper; Jake B.; M. Denne; Mikey B.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/hbsurroundsound

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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