FACE TO FACE – Protection – Review

The legendary Face to Face are back with Fat Wreck Chords after over twenty years, and they’re back in style with an 11-track album released on March 4th and entitled “Protection”.
After two records with which they seemed to have lost their Californian punk rock way, Face To Face delight us with an album which recovers their old sounds with both catchy and powerful tracks. Going back to Fat Mike’s label gave significance to and fully implemented the band’s ideas. The riffs sound like their self titled album, the bass guitar stands out with power and momentum, and the drums keep the rhythm easy without losing sight of the goal. Trever’s voice is a sure thing, sublime prints and perfect lines.
I find “Double Crossed” the best track, and the first 4 tracks are a cut above the rest of the album, with the exception of “Fourteen Fifty-Nine”, another top-quality track.
Finally, this is a great record and I would suggest it both to Face To Face enthusiasts and to those who want to get to know them. Welcome back!

TRACKLIST WITH RATINGS:
1.Bent but Not Broken 8
2.I Won’t Say I’m Sorry 8
3.Double Crossed 8,5
4.See If I Care 7,5
5.Say What You Want 7
6.Protection 7
7.Fourteen Fifty-Nine 8
8.It Almost All Went Wrong 7
9.Keep Your Chin Up  7
10.Middling Around 7
11.And so It Goes 7,5

ALBUM RATING: 8

KEY SENTENCE:
“We were double crossed
along the way
It’s a double crossed
I’m here to play” – Double Crossed

Reviewed by T.S.
Translated by E.C.

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