Why Road To Ruin Is The Best Ramones Album

Tangled Up In Music


Were I one of those people who dislikes this album, I would start the review with the witty observation that its title was kind of prophetic. That the Ramones shifting their sound towards a more pop territory did indeed begin the ruination of their career. That by adding ballads, acoustic guitars, solos and overdubs they lost the trademark punk sound of the previous 3 albums we all know and love. But I am not, and quite the contrary, I am going to make a case for Road to Ruin in fact being the band’s quintessential album.

What, more quintessential than the self-titled debut and Rocket to Russia you’re gonna ask? Well, don’t get me wrong. I love those two albums dearly as well as Leave Home. They’re historical milestones in the development of punk rock that no fan of the genre should be able to live without; and at the…

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