Teenage politics. What exactly would this mean?
I still don't know. But the MXPX album is pretty solid. Released on renowned Christian punk label Tooth and Nail Records in 1995, the album was filled with strong hooks and surprising songwriting talents for three teenage kids. Songs like Punk Rawk Show, Sugarcoated Poison Apple, Something More and Different Things have that high speed pop melodies of the Life In General album. Also, there are a handful of songs like Inquiring Minds Want To Know, Americanism and Democracy have an angry political bent left over from Pokinatcha. The album has a smooth hidden song at the end, Dolores. It's a catchy little punk love song (like we haven't heard enough of those. . .), done with good vocals and awesome fast guitar playing.
False Fiction has some interesting rhythm changes, thanks to drum wizard Yuri. Rainy Day and Moneytree have a really poppy feel, almost like MXPX's most recent work.
Mike Herrera's writing was really good here. He already had some insightful lines in a few songs, and the music stays in your head. His singing sounds a little snotty compared to him today, but it's punk rock, so what do you expect? Tom Weisnewski made his first full length appearance with the band for this album, and he did some very cool things (listen to Moneytree or Something More to hear what a catchy guitarist sounds like). Yuri he's awesome and always has been, 'nuff said.
Overall though, this isn't the best album by MXPX. Life In General is chock full of hooky songs, Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo has a more mature sound, and The Everpassing Moment is a slightly different sound as a whole.
Plus, the live album At The Show showcases the band's manic live prescence.
Any of these would be advised as better buys. But Teenage Politics is a good album to put on and jump around to. If you feel like being a kid for a while.