Those who saw Rancid's ska-spiced 1995 set "And Out Come the Wolves" for what it was/is—a downright pop/ punk masterpiece—are going to love this album.

Those who saw Rancid's ska-spiced 1995 set "And Out Come the Wolves" for what it was/is—a downright pop/ punk masterpiece—are going to love this album. Those fickle punks who cry foul each time the band dabbles in different directions probably won't. And that's their huge loss. Chock-full of insanely infectious choruses, endearing stories, sly phrasing and endless energy, "Indestructible" is an absolute gift that's packed with hooky sing-alongs. Many, like the addictive "Tropical London" and "Fall Back Down"—a great tale of friendship in the face of heartbreak—seem certain products of singer Tim Armstrong's recent split with his wife, Brody (of the Distillers). There's some über-snotty stuff here, too, but cuts like the make-up tune "Start Now" and the ultra-sedate, wonderfully poppy "Arrested in Shanghai" make this one of the best records of the year.—WO

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