I'll get straight to the point-Secret Weapon
isn't Life In General Pt.2, so don't expect a whole
album's worth of rapid-fire drumming and songs about
Elvis and Punk rock shows. Do expect an honest, confident
album that reminds us why we love MXPX and why we'll
continue to love them. The title track, seems to be the
album's blessing and curse. The blessing is that
when we all heard the leak a few months back, it confirmed
that they were definitely back. The curse however is that
quite a few songs on the first half sound like this
and If it weren't the nicely done "American Idiot" styled
breakdown on "Punk Rock Heroes" I'd think it was the same song.
However when they're not trying to emulate Bad Religion/Pennywise,
they pull off some the best music they've had in a long while.
For one, I was never a huge fan of their political or "angry songs" because I've got a million albums by a million punks
bands that have covered these themes a million times.
What I've always loved about MXPX was their optimistic, yet honest view on life, their fun songs and of most of all, the songs about the complicated, unpredictable species known as the woman. Yeah, Mike's still having girl problems and as a result, still writing great songs about relationships and yeah, there are a some VERY "Life In General" moments on this album. There are a few filler cuts but if you've bought all the other ones, you should be use to this by now. This isn't by any means a perfect album but this might be their most focused album to date. Once you get over the fact that it isn't as fast as you thought it would be, you'll love the album.