"Glory Bound" (Pirates Press; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

On "Glory Bound," The Ratchets sound like a cross between the Dropkick Murphys, the Clash and Bruce Springsteen. Not a bad combination, eh?

"Glory Bound" has the rough, loose style of the Clash, the dynamic working class attitude of the Dropkick Murphys and the startling honesty of Bruce Springsteen. It's rock'n'roll that comes unapologetically from the heart and, because of that, has a life all its own. 

It could be said that the CD is more of a flashback to the glory days (no pun intended) of punk rock than it is a step forward but, so what? The band does an excellent job of reminding us what was great about the genre in those days and makes us realize that it is still a vibrant and important genre today.

The Ratchets: Jed Engine - vocals, guitar; Zak Kaplan - vocals, guitar; Dan Desimoni - bass; Erik Schmidt - drums. Frank Nicolay provided piano and organ.

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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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