Knuckle Puck’s ” 20/20″ Review

Over the course of the 2010s (and particularly within the second half of this past decade), Knuckle Puck has gotten a lot of recognition and has quickly become one of the biggest bands in the modern pop-punk scene. With the new year and the new decade came new music from the Chicago, Illinois-based quintet, leading up to the release of their highly anticipated third full-length album, titled “20/20.”

The album kicks off with its title track, “20/20,” which brings catchy guitars in its intro before more instruments and the vocals come in during the verses. The hard-hitting drums really stand out in the song’s pre-chorus and memorable chorus, and both the guitar and bass bring some more catchy riffs during the bridge. Second up is the upbeat lead single “Tune You Out,” where the vocals really grabbed my attention during the captivating chorus, and some shouted vocals and a spoken word section are incorporated during the bridge. The third track, “Sidechain,” is one of the catchiest on the record, “Into The Blue” brings hard-hitting and catchy instrumentation and a vocal performance with tons of emotion, and both tracks bring just as much energy as the first two tracks on the album.

Speaking of which, there’s plenty of energy to be found on the remaining tracks of “20/20,” particularly within tracks four, five, and six. The second single “RSVP” shows that right off the bat through the catchy riffs that drive the intro, as well as the drumbeats and bass riffs that stand out in the verses, where the vocals bring some catchy melodies, and catchy composition is also found in the third single “Breathe,” leading up to its huge chorus. The fourth out of the five singles released, “What Took You So Long?” is probably one of the most energetic tracks on here, and the instantly memorable hooks and choruses made it quickly become one of my favorites on the record. The instrumentation in the intro of “True North” brings plenty of energy early on as well, leading up to another upbeat and catchy chorus before the song slows down at the very end and fades out beautifully.

“Earthquake” was a track that quickly stood out to me, partially because it’s a lot slower in comparison to most of these tracks, and in addition to that, it’s filled with very catchy riffs and melodies, and the chorus is one of the most memorable ones on this album. “Green Eyes (Polarized)” is another standout, with some softer vocals and instrumentation leading up to the bigger chorus, as well as a catchy guitar solo before the chorus returns for the last time. The closing track “Miles Away” has a huge chorus as well, followed by a harder-hitting bridge with passionate vocal and instrumental performances, before the softer ending concludes the album strongly.

Across its eleven tracks, “20/20” is filled with many memorable moments, from the catchy instrumentals and melodies to the attention-grabbing performances, and it’s a remarkable new record from Knuckle Puck.

Review courtesy of Megan Langley | Instagram

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