"California Poppy" (Suburban Noize; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

While the level of OPM's maturity on the quintet's third release is suspect (as is the outfit's glorification of misogyny, drugs, and a pseudo OC thug lifestyle), their shameless Sublime ripoff routine is dead-on, so much in fact that they blatantly steal bits from Mr. Nowell and company's tunes on cuts like "Rock Me Slow."

Whether it's a matter of showing no respect for the dead, or merely just a case of being too stoned to care, "California Poppy's" watered-down reggae-rock and ska flavor, much like eager freshmen at their first kegger, probably won't get past the frat house bathroom. 

Disposable, yet groovy. If you can shut your brain off for a bit and skate around the half-pipe while half in the bag, then this is your soundtrack. 

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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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