Music: The Snarl And The Ache

In a strong new album, the punk band Rancid bares the romanticism beneath the rage

The best punk albums, the ones that stay with you, the ones that matter, share a secret. Take Rancid's strong new album, Life Won't Wait. Rancid is a band that, in its songs, inhabits a tough, gritty world of drinking, joblessness, back-alley drug deals and disillusioned immigrants; a world where corporations crush workers, governments lie to their citizens, and punk rock offers one of the few paths toward salvation. The songs on the California-based band's new album have names like Bloodclot, Black Lung and Cash, Culture & Violence; the guitar work is raw and roaring; and the quartet's two singer-guitarists, scraggly-voiced...

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