Album Review: The Menzingers – Hello Exile (Epitaph Records)

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By: Jesse Striewski

Few bands can capture true human emotions as flawlessly as Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers, and it was apparent Hello Exile would be another work of genius upon release of the album’s first single, “Anna,” over the summer.

As if 2017’s After the Party wasn’t already near-perfect enough, the band  has outdone themselves once again on their sixth full-length effort. Tracks like “High School Friend,” “Strangers Forever,” and the country-tinged “I Can’t Stop Drinking” are all brilliant in their own simplistic ways, and listening to them somehow seems strangely familiar, as if they’ve always been there in the background as the soundtracks to our lives.

The Menzingers are one of those rare bands so good they’re in their own league along with The Replacements or The Killers, and I only wished I wrote music as good as them when I was still playing in bands.  It’s truly foolish not to give a group like The Menzingers a chance; we almost don’t deserve an act this amazing.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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