Vanishing Point (Sub Pop Records)
release date: 4/2/2013
by Scott Hefflon
After a five year absence, Vanishing Point spews forth everything fans have loved about this reliable band. At 50, “I Like it Small” comes off as more cantankerous “get off my lawn!” than rebellious “we’re not going to take it!,” but that’s cultural context, not quality of songwriting. Heartfelt lyrics (cynicism and barely-restrained rage count) and time-tested swagger-rock know-how, these fist-pumpers might ring of classic Iggy and T. Rex (meaning “who?” to the younger pukes), but this is meat’n’potatoes to 30 and 40-somethings.