Less Than Jake – See the Light

See the Light
Less Than Jake return to Fat Wreck Chords for their ninth full-length, a record that sounds like their classic releases while sharing some of the wisdom they’ve learned over their 20+ year career.

Released Nov. 12th on Fat Wreck Chords

It’s been quite a while since I listened to a newly-released Less Than Jake album. See the Light, their ninth proper studio full-length, finds them returning to Fat Wreck Chords, who released 2000’s Borders & Boundaries. Their exuberant ska-punk hasn’t changed much over the years, except maybe for taking  a slightly more pop-punk turn during their mid-2000s stint on Sire Records, and See the Light feels familiar and comforting while at the same time carefree and energetic.

With 20 years under their belts, and a lineup that’s changed very little in all that time, Less Than Jake are in a position to reflect a bit and share some of their life lessons. “We were young, out of touch / Back then it was different growing up” sings Chris DeMakes on “Bless the Cracks”, while on “American Idle” he declares “We were the kids from the cul-de-sacs / That got out somehow without looking back”. Both songs are standouts, as are the pogo-inducing “My Money Is on the Long Shot” and “Do the Math”.

LTJ Dec. 1, 2013 at the House of Blues San Diego

LTJ Dec. 1, 2013 at the House of Blues San Diego

See the Light is classic Less Than Jake, perhaps grown a bit reflective with age but nonetheless young at heart. They’ve managed to outlast many of their contemporaries from the late-’90s ska-punk boom by continuously releasing records and touring almost nonstop, and See the Light is a fine addition to their already strong discography.

4/5

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