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Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends

Tim Newbound
Tim Newbound 30 June at 09.38
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Set Your Goals' third album is their poppiest to date, but they've still got their punk attitude...

This keenly-anticipated third album is Set Your Goals’ poppiest to date, with the rougher melodic hardcore ridges slightly sanded down. This isn’t to say they’ve morphed into The All-American Rejects; the galloping punk, chunky riffs and gang vocals are all still present and correct in the likes of ‘Exit Summer’, opener ‘Cure For Apathy’ and ‘Illuminated Youth’, while ‘Happy New Year’’s bitter farewell to 2010 is about as saccharine as cold coffee. They’re back in irresistibly anthemic form, with just the right blend of punk attitude and pop genius. With ‘Burning At Both Ends’, the Bay Area sextet have further underlined their second-to-none pop-punk pedigree.


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