If I had to pick a group of albums that showcased pop-punk so well, "Slowly going..." would without a doubt be one of them. In a genre where the band either brings the house down, or clears the house out, MXPX makes the cut for the better half.
Even though this isn't the band at their strongest, it is by no means a weak point in their career. I suppose this album is a sort of in between point for MXPX, after riding high on earlier albums they seemed to lose their edge somewhat. But then again, this isn't what you would call dulled down, it's more of a cooled off MXPX.
When "Slowly..." starts off, it starts off strong, with the first two tracks "Under lock and key" and "Tomorrow's another day". By the time you get midway through the album it does a quick dip, dropping off at "Party at my house...", quickly picking up at "The downfall...", and returning back to normal with a few mediocre tracks.
Pretty much pop punk fans will love this one, MXPX fans may need to warm up to this one, and other rock fans will just need to try it for themselves.
One quick thing before I go, you may hear talk about MXPX being a Christian band, don't believe what you hear. While it is true the band thanks God in the linear notes, Mike's not singing his praise or preaching the word in any songs. This is neither a negative or positive thing, but I thought it was important enough to squeeze into my review.
If I could give "Slowly..." a 4.5 I would, but unfortunately that just can't be, so it stays as 4 star album. A good album, a great band, pick it up.