post, and not much has changed since. "The Modern Pets combine the best elements of early Briefs and later Stitches"? Yep, that's still the basic blueprint. But by now, the Modern Pets have reached the point where they only sound like themselves. Whatever greatness I predicted has been fully realized. New album Sorry. Thanks. takes the band's hyperactive new wavey punk sound and makes it even better. Somehow these German miscreants have managed to make a record that's both catchier and more raging than the last one. Songs like "Pilsator" and "The Walking Contradiction" continue the group's penchant for updating classic '77 snot-punk for these modern, manic times. And while these guys have always played fast, tracks such as "I'm Not a Brick" take things to a whole new level of light speed. I like that the band has continued to do what it does best without turning out a redundant or phoned-in sophomore effort. It's an electrifying, fun ride - with seven of ten tracks failing to cross the two-and-a-half minute barrier. You can hear them integrating more pop melodies into the songwriting, and that lead guitar work is literally out of this world. Having seen the references to the Adverts, Buzzcocks, and Generation X in Dead Beat's product description, of course I was highly enthused to hear the record. And by no means was I disappointed! I have not yet seen a lot of rave reviews of Sorry. Thanks., and that really baffles me. This album is hot!