The Pietasters - Awesome Mix Tape #6
Hellcat Records

When I popped the newest Pietasters release, entitled "Awesome Mix Tape #6", 
into my CD player, I prayed that it wouldn't mirror their last disappointing 
release. My prayers did not fall on deaf ears -- not only did it surpass the 
quality of their last release, it blew it out of the water. I was relieved 
to hear that the Pietasters that I had come to love had returned with an 
album more similar to their original sound. For those of you who had given 
up on the Pietasters due to their last release, fear no more.  

For those of you wondering what the hell I'm talking about, whether because you've never heard the Pietasters or you don't even know who they are, allow me to do a bit of explaining. The two releases of theirs that I had heard before were none other than "Strapped Live" and "OOlooloo" (forgive me for butchering the spelling). I liked the sound, so I decided to go out and pick up their newest (at the time) release, "Willis". The band was obviously in a slump, because the album was terrible. There are probably only 2 or 3 songs worth listening to on the entire CD. So naturally I listened to their most recent release with a bit of aprehension, which was short-lived when I heard how good it was. The Pietasters are one of the few ska bands still performing that can honestly do a really good job of blending all different types of Ska including Trad, Jazzy, and even Ska-Punk into a well-rounded sound. People who have never heard the band, I urge you to listen (except if it's Willis). People who had given up hope: Check out this CD. You'll be relieved, too.
...kevin pasquinelli...

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