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Fireworks - Oh, Common Life

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 31 March 2014 at 17.30

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"Engaging, inventive albums like 'Oh, Common Life' are yet more proof that pop-punk’s renaissance won’t fade away any time soon."

Fireworks have still got it. More pop than punk these days, the Detroit boys have carved out a niche all of their own with their vulnerable, offbeat approach to the genre. Vocalist Dave Pest’s syrupy voice and stark, at times uncomfortably autobiographical lyrics tug at the heartstrings (“I’m getting used to my skin but it doesn’t fit right” cuts deep, bro), while summer-ready jaunts like ‘Bed Sores’ swing and shine among the best of them. Though this offering doesn’t quite live up to genre-busting, career-defining predecessor ‘Gospel’, engaging, inventive albums like this are yet more proof that pop-punk’s renaissance won’t fade away any time soon.

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