The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Medium Rare (Big Rig Records)

By Adrianne Akmajian on January 10, 2008

It’s been five long years since the world has heard anything new from Boston ska-core band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but it seems the band’s four-year hiatus might be up with a release of their new album, Medium Rare, last month. A collection of previously unreleased songs and tracks from rare B-sides and singles, the album includes three brand new songs. The signature third-wave ska-reggae sound in “Don’t Worry Desmond Dekker” with its line “The last five years went by so fast, so fast I find it strange …,”  addresses the question on everyone’s mind, where’ve you been?

For Bosstones fans, Medium Rare has a little less energy than previous albums but is not a release to be missed, whether for songs like “Chocolate Pudding” (it comes in a cup!) or the ever-scruffy voice of Dicky Barret. A little less punk and a little smoother ska, new songs “This List,” “Desmond Dekker,” and “The One With the Woes All Over It,” stick true to the good old Bosstones sound. With a catchy, relaxing ska groove, Medium Rare is an album that everyone can enjoy.

Adrianne Akmajian is the KUPS loud rock music director