That's undoubtedly true. Yet the Bronx hasn't forgotten what it learned in its more agreeable guise. In "Pilot Light," guitarists Joby J. Ford and Ken Horne weave crisp melodic lines with newfound precision, while Caughthran sings as much as he screams throughout "IV". "Along for the Ride" could pass for something by Foo Fighters, who invited Mariachi El Bronx to open a string of arena shows in 2011. There's even a kind of power ballad near the end of the album in "Life Less Ordinary": "I'm not ashamed to say I've lost my mind," Caughthran croons tenderly over a wash of deep-fuzz electric guitar, "Been walking backwards my whole life." Then he audibly clears his throat, wary perhaps of presenting too much beauty.
Two and a half stars (out of four)