For their second covers album outing MxPx kicks things off with The Dead Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl." Since both bands are from the same genre, there's not much of difference here, with the exception of more melodic vocals. Oh yeah, and the accordion solo. The group gives U2's "I Will Follow" a good kick in the pants with a faster tempo. MxPx takes a chance with the GoGo's "Vacation," but come out sounding great. In an odd pairing, the group tackles Belinda Carlisle's solo hit "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" right after the GoGo's track. Is that Belinda I hear on vocals? What a great concept and execution. They can't match the wild riffage of CC Deville on "Fallen Angel" (Poison), but the group injects a little more energy.
No matter how many punk bands I hear cover "(I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles," it never gets any better. Please stop! MxPx ends their version with a few lines from Cheap Trick's "Surrender" for no logical reason. "Kids in America" comes off fine, but a lot of other punk bands have covered it.
Punk cover albums are nothing new. It seems one band or another are putting them out. MxPx fortunately have the talent and ability to make their latest offering more than a collection of sped-up 80s and 90s songs. Mike Herrera can actually sing and hold a melody and that makes all the difference in the world. That is also the reason MxPx stands above other modern punk rock acts.