High Life High Volume finds the band older but looser, and -- under the trash tutelage of producer Jim Diamond -- now perfectly plopped into summer-backyard-barbecue mode. The best songs ("Bad Reputation," "Superpill," "Junkfood Heaven") make like sons of the Supersuckers. On "Who Do You" and "Stop at Nothing," the Forty-Fives match the organ-pumping '60s soul-shake revival of the Reigning Sound. And this bunch knows just when to take a breather and lay down a ballad ("Too Many Miles") or a lilting country-porch sit ("Bicycle Thief"). Basically, it's all head-bobbing hooks and party-starting jams, which ain't really a shame at all.
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