Rancid: Tomorrow Never Comes [Album Review]

Tomorrow Never Comes
Epitaph Records [2023]

After a five-year hiatus, Rancid returns with their tenth studio album, Tomorrow Never Comes. This album marks a solid return to form for the band, blending a familiar sound with a refreshing energy. The album showcases Rancid’s trademark ska-punk style, infused with a more mature and refined edge. The songs are undeniably catchy, the lyrics thought-provoking, and the overall production by longtime collaborator Brett Gurewitz, guitarist of Bad Religion and founder of Epitaph Records, is top-notch. In fact, it’s the best Rancid record since their self-titled album in 2000.

From the first song to the last, Rancid delivers their unmistakable style, with Tim Armstrong’s snarl taking center stage. “New American” serves as a powerful anthem, shedding light on the struggles of being an immigrant in America. It is a exactly the kind of track you expect to find on a Rancid album. Other standout songs include the closing track, “When The Smoke Clears,” which conveys a message of second chances, and “Devil In Disguise,” a hard-hitting ode to the turbulent world we live in. The sing-along track “It’s A Road To Righteousness” also leaves a lasting impact.

Tomorrow Never Comes is a strong album that showcases Rancid at the top of their game. With 16 songs packed into a 28-minute runtime, it’s a must-have for any Rancid fan. The album displays some of the band’s finest guitar work in years, as it embraces a more mature and polished sound while still retaining their signature energy and attitude. Overall, Tomorrow Never Comes is a fantastic release from a band that continues to thrive, avoiding attempts to recreate the past and proving their enduring strength over the years.

“Devil In Disguise” / “It’s A Road To Righteousness” / “New American”

The Pogues / Bad Religion / The Chats

…Honor Is All We Know (2014)

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Thomas Wilde

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