Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder (Universal Music Canada)

With their last full-length studio effort, I truly thought that the game was over for Ajax, Ontario’s Sum 41. I found that record to be incredibly uninspiring and figured that the band had their best days behind them. Given the semi-recent breakdown of his marriage, it is not surprising that front man Deryck Whibley conjures some darker than typical tones on the group’s newest record. Album opener Reason To Believe starts off the record on a promising note but falters when Whibley croons the last minute of the song accompanied only by piano. Thankfully, the band gets their mojo back on the title track and again on songs like Time For You To Go, ultimately showing that this is a sound of a band comfortable moving forward with their sound. Whether or not you’re along for the ride is a completely different story.