Label: Lame-O / Run For Cover Modern Baseball show their young age on Sports, especially lyrically, but musically they're wise beyond their years. This record resides somewhere between the quirky pop sensibilities of Motion City Soundtrack, the bluntness of the Front Bottoms and the idiosyncrasies of Say Anything. Regardless, there's a lot of personality exuded on Sports, making for a pretty captivating listen. With guitarists Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens splitting vocal duties, chugging guitars abound, but their third album addresses alternative young adulthood concerns including grief, depression and mental health. Ewald’s conversational, candid storytelling has something of Bruce Springsteen or ’s Craig Finn about it. Lukens’s words are more personal and anguished, with his cries of “I’m a waste of time and space” on Just Another Face providing the album’s heartfelt standout. At only 28 minutes, there’s not a lot of Holy Ghost, but it’s never depressing or dull, and the tunes are sharply honed. Pop-punk may finally be growing up.