Picks and Pans Review: And You Think You Know What Life's About
Take away some of the decidedly '90s-style techno effects and this album of power anthems sounds like something by Journey or one of the other lumbering rock juggernauts that used to roam arenas and stadiums in the 1970s. But this quintet, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is not quite as bombastic as it sounds on first listen.
Beneath the great, audible-from-space wall of sound created by the power-rock guitar Sturming of Rodney Browning and lead singer-guitarist J.R. Richards lurk some stick-in-your-ears rock tunes, including the power ballad "Bottom of the Floor" and "Truth Serum," which shows up on the Avengers soundtrack album. On "The Bridge Song," the two guitarists unplug and deliver a pretty, mostly acoustic ballad that provides a needed lull before pulling out all stops on the final arena rocker, "Pop Guru." In the end, this album is not nearly as annoying as the group's name.
Bottom Line: High-voltage pop that is only somewhat overheated
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