Kyle Anderson
September 22, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Neighborhoods

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Olu Dara
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B-

The pop-punk demigods’ cliff walk between teenage bedroom angst and been-there-survived-that worldliness remains steadfast, but the peaks on Neighborhoods — their first disc in eight years — do little more than recall past triumphs. Outside of some latent goth leanings (”This Is Home”) and a gauzy detour (”Ghost on the Dance Floor”), it’s mostly twitch-crunch-whine-repeat. The lyrics focus on moving on, but their music can’t seem to break the tether to yesterday. B-

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