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This isn’t your every-month, crappy reunion record. Yes, Redd Kross’ latest release, Researching the Blues, is their first album in 15 years (and their first on Merge Records), and yes, the band has about three decades of history behind them. But after the super-lean album spins to a close, you’re left with the realization that Researching the Blues possesses something that fans could only dream about from a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997.
When you hold it up to other recent reformations—The Beach Boys, who also were getting close to a two-decade wait for an album, come to mind—Researching the Blues breezes through the finish line where others are left in the dust, hacking up a fit and grabbing at their knees. — Paste