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Off With Their Heads: Home

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Punk rock four-piece Off With Their Heads perpetuates Minneapolis' long tradition of churning out smart, loud, catchy acts (Hüsker Dü, the Hold Steady, Dillinger Four). Frontman Ryan Young's growling voice recalls D4 bassist Patrick Costello, while the album's punchy anthems could have come from Titus Andronicus' little brother. The group's third record hones a foot-tapping crunch, channeled into a road-weary concept album that flies by in 30 minutes. The songs are guarded and ultimately fist-pumping paeans about loneliness and self-reliance. "It's going to be a rough road. It's going to take some time, but it's all waiting for you," Young sings on the infectious "Focus on Your Own Family." But by the final track, "Take Me Out," he's reconciled his hardscrabble, DIY life. (4 out of 5 stars)

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