made the leap to the major leagues in 1998 with Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
, their first album for A&M Records. The switch to the majors really doesn't make a difference, to tell the truth -- the group turns out another set of speedy, raucous punk-pop numbers that are fueled as much by attitude as songwriting. There's plenty of filler, but the record moves so quickly, it doesn't hurt the album, especially since the good songs do work their hooks into your brain. Listeners who don't care for late-'90s retro-punk won't have their minds changed by Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
, but anyone who's followed MxPx
or has a fondness for post-Green Day
indie punk-pop will enjoy the record.