Face To Face is one of the most influential pop-punk bands in the last 15 years. Their signature brand of catchy, fast punk rock with intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics has spoken to a generation of punk fans across the world. Although probably most well known in the mainstream with their 1994 radio single 'Disconnected', Face To Face cultivated a large touring base that sustained their career well beyond the early success of that single. Shoot The Moon: The Essential Collection features 19 of Face To Face's best songs re-mastered, along with 2 unreleased tracks: 'Thick As A Brick' and 'Disconnected' recorded live at their final show in September 2004 in Los Angeles, CA. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase cover and a 28-page booklet with in-depth liner notes and rare photos.
It's not surprising that Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker's debut solo album sounds like a Steely Dan record. What is a little surprising, though, is that, in his lead singing debut, he sounds so much like his erstwhile partner, Donald Fagen. Not that you'd mistake the two (Fagen projects more and is slightly grittier), but they sing in the same register with the same sly phrasing and the same accent. Other differences from the Dan are equally subtle: Becker adopts a sparer musical approach, for one thing, the missing element being the prominence of Fagen's keyboards (although Fagen does play on the record and co-produced it). Nothing gets in the way of Becker's voice, and he proves to be a less ornate lyricist than Fagen, restricting himself largely to tales of romantic dislocation. On the whole, this album sounds like what you'd expect – one half of Steely Dan.
How to Ruin Everything is Face to Face's reflection piece. The bandmembers take a look back on what made them love punk rock in the first place and churn it into an infectious disposition. They spent the 1990s fighting against the mainstream and through various personal and professional shifts inside the band, and How to Ruin Everything emerges as Face to Face's strongest material to date. Frontman Trever Keith is fierce, and his songwriting is now shaped into something courageous and meaningful. He and bandmates bassist Scott Shiflett and drummer Pete Parada ignore current punk-pop sounds for a gnarling rock growl.