Genuinely subversive Scando-rockers like Sweden's Soundtrack of Our Lives and Norway's Turbonegro don't see themselves as heavier-than-thou metal maulers. They'd much rather pass themselves off as pop bands and wreak more havoc in that arena for a bigger payoff. That might explain why they hired Steven McDonald from Redd Kross to work on 2005's Party Animals, which likely came out a bit more bubble-gummy than anticipated.
Retox still sounds much weedier than you'd expect from Turbonegro's pulverizing live performances, but musters a renewed sense of irreverent menace that's been missing from much of their post-hiatus work. Whereas Party Animals found the band liberally borrowing from Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Halen, on Retox they're jacking the Dead Kennedys, Ramones and Charles Manson.
Not that trying to graft parts of Iggy Pop's Kill City onto Manson's Garbage Dump is more artistically redeeming than, say, copping lines from Van Halen's Jump, but obviously they're not angling for radio play this time with shit like We're Gonna Drop The Atom Bomb, Stroke The Shaft and You Must Bleed / All Night Long.