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The Buzzcocks, ‘The Way’

Did anyone expect a new Buzzcocks album to be this good in 2014? Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, who burst out of the Manchester, England, punk scene way back in 1976, have added a proud release (their first in eight years) to their legacy. Produced by Dave M. Allen (The Cure, Depeche Mode), “The Way” is also the first to feature the new rhythm section of Chris Remmington and Danny Farrant. “Keep on Believing,” the three-minute opener, is vintage Buzzcocks with its theme of navigating an unforgiving world — as Shelley barks, “What’s the use of complaining, for it’s forever raining — that’s what umbrellas are for!’’ But this is a euphoric trip to the apocalypse, whether in a dig at social media in “Virtually Real” or a look at daily craziness in “The Way” (which includes the verse “No way to hide from the suicide bombs”). As the band suggests in “Chasing Rainbows/Modern Times,” which borrows heavily from the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” might as well enjoy the ride. (Out Tuesday)

Steve Morse


Essential “Keep on Believing”

spmorse@gmail.com
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