- Personnel: Lars Frederiksen , Tim Timebomb (vocals, guitar); Matt Freeman (vocals); Kevin Bivona (melodica, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Branden Steineckert (drums, background vocals); Michael Shultz, The Interrupters, Skinhead Rob, Brett Gurewitz (background vocals).
- Audio Mixer: Andrew Sheps.
- Recording information: Big Band Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Red Star, Los Angeles, CA; Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA.
- When they recorded their ninth album, Trouble Maker, the venerable punks of Rancid had been working together (give or take a drummer) as a band for 25 years. It would follow that maybe the record would be nostalgic, and it is. Both lyrically and musically, the 19 songs have the blurry feel of old Polaroids, as the bandmembers stick to their guns and dish out tales of past glories. Tim Armstrong's weatherbeaten vocals are made for the task; his marbled crooning on "Telegraph Avenue" and ragged shouting on "An Intimate Close Up of a Street Punk Trouble Maker" are like flip sides of the same classic punk coin. He and the rest of the band crank out very Rancid-sounding punk, all guitar riffs and pounding drums, with a side or two of ska ("Where I'm Going") and glammy heavy metal ("Say Goodbye to Our Heroes") for good measure. Trouble Maker is exactly what a Rancid fan would expect a Rancid album to sound like, and the band delivers the requisite gutter chants, spiky attitude, and spit-covered microphones. ~ Tim Sendra
Alternative Press - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There are nosebleed pit starters....Rancid are a time machine of their own design, one that's as vicious and uncontrollable as a dog-fighting operation or as cool as a chromed-out straight razor."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Rancid craft a tableau of working-class grit with quick, scratchy strokes: a whirlwind tour of turbulent political rallies and smoke-enshrouded pool halls, factories, and back alleys."