All right, I just bought this record along with the new Anthem CD. Being a trumpet player, the first thing bothering me is that LTJ's horns are going down the toilet. I'm sure signing with big, evil Warner Brothers Records for the new Anthem album didn't help to salvage what little horn parts they had left. They were all right for a few songs on this album, damn near nonexistent on Anthem, and hey, who knows... maybe next time they won't be part of the band at all! Definitely buy Hello Rockview if you're in it to hear the horns play, like I am. However, I'm giving this album a 4, because I think LTJ still rocks. They're going more pop or rock now, which sucks major loads of crap, but this album was still pretty decent to listen to.
All in all, though, I'd definitely pick the Bosstones as my all time favorite ska-punk band. Less Than Jake used to be right up there, but you know, when you sell out, you increasingly lose your original fan base, and in turn, their respect. This is not a lecture in record label politics, so I'll just leave it at this: Buy this record and support LTJ. Just maybe, they might pool up enough money to ditch the major label and go back to indy labels again to make REALLY good music, like it used to be.
"May the horns be with you."