2534 is the third full length by Tacoma, WA veterans Criminal Code. This Northwest four piece has always kept a well balanced variety of sounds in their arsenal, from the gloomy depressing sounds of The Wipers, to the frantic speed-induced pop of Hüsker Dü. This latest album is more focused than previous releases, with layers and a dreamy undertone, flowing with infectious leads and bouncy rhythms reminiscent of Wire and The Cure. Vocals and guitars are a bit cleaner as well, but still abrasive and lose no urgency. 2534 flows seamlessly, sometimes with a nostalgia for the melancholy of the eighties, but without trapping the listener in a time capsule.