This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):
Anthemic pop-punk melodies, full-throated vocals, ringing guitar chords, trebly bass lines, crisp drumming, double-time tempo shifts, snappy arrangements, hey-hey singalong choruses, rise-above lyrical messages — if there’s an Epitaph sound, Bouncing Souls embody it.
Granted, they do it better than most. And on their sixth full-length studio outing Anchors Aweigh, they do it as personally and honestly as they ever have, offering up 17 smartly crafted, powerfully reflective cuts about Kids And Heroes, Better Days and Highway Kings. Still, after more than 16 years together, they don’t seem to be doing anything they (and a jillion other bands) haven’t done before. Time to set sail for some new sonic shores, lads.