Album Review: Less Than Jake – Silver Linings

Silver Linings is the latest album to be released by third wave ska-punk band Less Than Jake, and just in time for Christmas!

By Jane Howkins

If you’ve heard a Less Than Jake album before you probably know what to expect, as they haven’t changed the mould too much here. The songs on offer are the typical ska-punk/pop-punk songs that we’ve all come to know and love, and it’s great to hear something so upbeat after the terrible year we’ve all had. Single Lie To Me is incredibly catchy, showing the band to be in good form oce again.

Most of the songs here are catchy, upbeat tracks with fast guitar melodies and fantastic horn blasts, however there are some slower songs. Lost At Home changes things up nicely, with the track having a slightly slower melody. It’s still fairly upbeat though, providing a nice happy medium tempo. New Drummer Matt Yonker is also a welcome addition, with his percussion skills providing the driving force behind these songs, and we can’t wait to see how he performs with the band live.

Our only real disappointment is that there isn’t much on Silver Linings that is different to Less Than Jake’s previous work. However, sometimes you just need to listen to something upbeat that doesn’t require too much thinking, and there are probably a lot of people in that frame of mind after the onslaught of 2020. It’s not a bad album by any means and we’ll definitely be spinning it a few more times, but changing things up a bit more next time around might be a good idea.

All in all, Silver Linings is a decent album and fans of the band and this genre of music should find lots to love here. There is room for improvement in the future, but to be honest we’re just pleased to hear something so upbeat at the moment – the album title seems very relevant at the moment!