No one is ever going to discuss White Crosses -- or any other record Against Me! will ever produce, for that matter -- without invoking that ugly term: sellout. As in, Did Against Me! sell out by making this record? Is this a sellout record? Does Tom Gabel still care about punk rock, or is he just a big phony sellout? Was it when Butch Vig started producing them that they sold out, or was it when Spin named New Wave the best album of 2007? Will they ever go back to their old sound, or will they keep being a bunch of sellouts? (And what about anarchy!?) It’s a precarious argument to start, one that usually gives way to overzealous fandom, pointer fingers and dubious justification, but it touches everything Against Me! does these days. They started as an aggressive folk-tinged punk band, tossing out three albums and a mess of EPs before signing to Sire, where they quickly smoothed up their sound to more clearly feature singer Tom Gabel’s impressive rock voice.
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