"Orange" (Hicktown Records; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There's a resurgence in the popularity of pop punk these days (Google it; I'm not making it up) and Flying Penguin should benefit from the resurgence quite nicely.

Full of driving guitar chords, bouncy vocals, quirky rhythms and addictive hooks, "Orange" is pop punk at its purest. It's loud, it's fun and it's just the slightest bit irreverent.

Does it break any new ground? Well, the band's lyrical feels honest and sometimes quite serious, so there's that. But they do so with that jaunty pop punk style you know so well.

Fans of bands like Green Day, The Offspring and Blink-182 will find plenty to like on Flying Penguin's "Orange."

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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