Pop CD: Sum 41, Does This Look Infected?

(Island Def Jam)

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Eagerly awaited by fans of infant metal, Does This Look Infected? is custom-built to cash in on the success of its predecessor, All Killer No Filler.

The Canadian quartet - "the shittiest band ever", according to Noel Gallagher - have perfected their crowd-pleasing blueprint of nearly-metal, anaemic punk and just-about-pop, heaping the fashion accessories of a fully grown Monster of Rock on to the skinny shoulders of songs too slight to bear the weight.

Almost every track sounds as if it was recorded at a plodding mid-tempo and then artificially speeded up to generate bogus panic and synthetic excitement (although I should warn listeners that there is a quiet, drifty passage with harmonies in one track, Hooch). This is S Club Junior with a copy of Black Sabbath's Greatest Hits.

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