Review Summary: "John Lennon said it’s all you need. In theory it’s hard not to agree."
They make it seem so easy. With twenty-three years worth of skate park anthems under their belt, Millencolin returns from a seven year hiatus with a fresh batch of tracks just in time for summer.
sticks its hooks in you early and doesn't let go. It's no surprise that just two of the thirteen tracks exceed three minutes. But not a second is wasted; 'Egocentric Man' picks up the pace quickly with a chorus that will have you singing along by the second pass. And 'Believe In John' rounds out the album as an all-encompassing and thematically apt closer.
For the most part, Millencolin approach True Brew
with maturity and positivity. 'Sense & Stability' is, in all respects, one of the best tracks in their discography. They take a level-headed stab at the racist agenda of Swedish nationalists with a refrain of "you're just a racist clown to me"
, but also touch on tolerance and not letting your self-righteousness breed your own hate and violence in return.
There aren't any traces of ska, but there is a short piano intro in 'Wall of Doubt', and 'Mr. Fake Believe' has a country western vibe throughout. Both of these seem like unnecessary inclusions.
Nostalgia inhibits me from calling True Brew
my favorite Millencolin album, but objectivity allows me to call it one of their best. There's nothing not to like here. If you're an old fan, you are in for a treat. If this is your first Millencolin album, well, this is what you've been missing.