Veruca Salt's 1994 hit "Seether" turned Nirvana guitar growl and Breeders vocal snap into a bubble-grunge classic. The Chicago band's albums were smarter than they got credit for back then, and this one, the group's first with its original lineup since 1997, is great by any standard. Singer-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post knock out heat-rocks like "Laughing in the Sugar Bowl" and slugfests like "Black and Blonde." The best moments create wry poetry in the space between aging, desire and nostalgia: "Wait, don't grow up yet, 'cause it's late," they sing on "Eyes on You." This record proves it's never as late as life wants you to believe.