Following on from 2010's Majesty Shredding, this tenth album from Superchunk manages to shake off the negative title by providing the sort of anthemic power-pop you might expect, given that this is the classic line-up of Mac, Laura, Jon and Jim.

Let's talk about the title though. Do they really hate music? In their ten years off from being Superchunk between 2000 and 2010, Mac and Laura from the band worked on their own label Merge Records, developing it into one of the most formidable indie labels in the world with a portfolio that includes the Magnetic Fields, Spoon and the Mountain Goats, to name but three. Is I Hate Music going to be the album where they destroy their pop-punk legacy by making a difficult record filled with atonal noise? Of course it's not, in fact if anything this album shows the band delivering an album which is a direct descendent of their earlier work, albeit with a songwriting maturity that comes with age.

The opening lines of 'Me & You & Jackie Mittoo' go some way towards explaining the title - "I hate music - what is it worth?/ Can't bring anyone back to this earth." It's "hate" in the way a petulant teen would use the word, with a stamp of the foot in frustration. Superchunk are so immersed in music, through the band and through Merge, that they almost can't believe that it isn't magic.

The album goes against the title completely. There are songs about music festivals ('Trees of Barcelona'), about playing gigs ('FOH') and about how music is totally central to life ('Your Theme'). One thing that came across about Superchunk when they first appeared in the early 90s was that they were full of joy - Mac and Laura literally bounced on the stage when they played - and that still appears intact. However, the added depths to their songwriting allow them to vary the pace and the mood a bit more these days. The reflective, yearning qualities of the two longest songs on the album - 'Low F' and 'What Can We Do' - evoke the later work of the Replacements, another band who developed their punk roots into something more complex. Having said that, one of the other major highlights here is 'Staying Home', 75 seconds of intensity to rival early Hüsker Dü.

Superchunk have always been rooted in power-pop, and there are hooks galore. From the pop choruses of 'Breaking Down' and the aforementioned 'Your Theme' to the noisy anthem 'Void', they show that they can hold their own with many younger bands that they have inspired - and in some cases even signed to their label.

So I Hate Music is not some sort of swan song. Instead its verve and passion and inescapable connection with the world of music suggest that Superchunk's second innings has much more to come.