If you expected the new NOFX album to sound any different from the last 10 NOFX studio albums, you've stage-dived onto your head too often. Fat Mike isn't interested in experimenting with the band's sound patent, especially this late in the game.
His lyrics, though, are getting better with time. There's self-deprecating humour about using their CDs as coasters, unabashed Christian-baiting on Best God In Show and alarmingly large numbers of substance-abuse admissions on First Call and I Am An Alcoholic. Best of all is Mike's hazy account of a backstage meeting with Sara (or Tegan) in the shameless Creeping Out Sara.
Coaster's not exemplary, but it's definitely a quality late-career entry in NOFX's increasingly uniform catalogue.
Top track: First Call
NOFX arrive with the Warped Tour at Arrow Hall on July 10.