3 stars (out of 4)
On its second, self-titled album (Vice), Off! doesn't tolerate long-windedness of any kind, musical or otherwise. Solos? There is exactly one (which lasts nine seconds) among the quartet's 16 songs; the album blurs past in less than 16 minutes and then demands to be played again. It's all about riff and rant, the equivalent of a punch-out in an alley. The street characters in these songs grapple with gangs, homelessness, poverty, conformity. They seek empty solitude in drugs and booze.
“You pushed me inna corner/What did you expect?” singer Keith Morris declares. Morris has been rabble-rousing since he fronted first-generation Los Angeles hardcore bands such as