Band reunions: they’re a dicey business, as far as fans are concerned, because they risk tarnishing the memory of the band in question’s glory days. Sometimes they do exactly that, but occasionally a band get back together and make a record that’s as good — or sometimes actually better — than their back catalog. Such records are few and far between, but one of them came along this week: Researching the Blues, the new studio album by the recently reunited Redd Kross. In celebration of that band’s return, we thought we’d have a look at some other reunion albums that are worth your time — as ever, let us know if we’ve forgotten any.
Redd Kross — Researching the Blues
This has been streaming at NPR for the last couple of weeks, and we’ve been enjoying it immensely. From the bracing, wah-laden blast of the title track (above) to the closing “Hazel Eyes,” it proves that the band has lost none of its charms. It’s a pleasure to have Redd Kross back.