"Born Free" (Suburban Noize; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Born Free" is an interesting collection of various punk rock styles that runs the gamut from emulating the Ramones to the Clash (hey, if you're going to emulate, choose the best).

Featuring Kottonmouth Kings' Daddy X, "Born Free" is the type of record that punk fans are either going to love or hate. Some will love the band's varied sound stylings, which run from straight-on punk to faux reggae while others will yearn for the edgier punk of yesteryear, something Humble Gods provided in earlier incarnations.

Regardless, "Born Free" is certainly entertaining enough. Even if it never really grabs you, it never bores you either.

Humble Gods: Vocals - Daddy X, Doug Carrion, Ricky Vodka; Guitars & bass - Doug Carrion; bass - Scott Koziel; Drums - Josh Freese; Drums - Tom Brayton; Drums - Byron McKrackin; Keyboards - Brad Gordon.

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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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