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P. Hux

Kiss the Monster

Review by Gary Hill

Take major helpings of The Beatles, blend in modern alternative rock and power pop and you’ll have a good idea of the sound of this disc. Hux and company take these ingredients and consistently mix them into one tasty pop morsel after another. It makes for a CD that’s quite good.

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Take major helpings of The Beatles, blend in modern alternative rock and power pop and you’ll have a good idea of the sound of this disc. Hux and company take these ingredients and consistently mix them into one tasty pop morsel after another. It makes for a CD that’s quite good.

Track by Track Review
Perfect
The hard rocking sound that starts this is very much in line with power pop. The vocals bring it into more of a mainstream pop rock of the 1970s sound. Think of the Babys as an example. This cut really is a slice out of time, but has a modern vibe, too. The guitar solo is melodic, but fast paced and meaty.
Yet To Say

The opening section on this is mellower, with a modern alternative rock meets psychedelia in a balladic motif. They power it up further as it carries on, but this is very much like power pop meets The Beatles. It’s another tasty pop number.

Wear My Ring

This is more old school rock and roll mixed with power pop. You could say there’s some Beatles in this, but you’d have to be thinking of early Beatles rather than the psychedelic era referenced by the last number.

Bones

Acapella vocals start this and they bring in the instruments with a mellow bouncing sort of retro rock melody. As the build this up I can definitely hear more old school Beatles sounds here.

Come Clean

This is really weird. It’s got a gritty alternative rock musical texture and the lyrics are brutal. Those with a distaste for profanity need to steer clear.

My Friend Hates Me

This is more of the power pop that made the earlier tracks so strong, but with a bit more modern alternative rock textures. I love the stuttering little bit later in the track. The guitar solo on this is also especially tasty and there’s a killer crunch guitar segment. There’s also a cool false ending followed by a reprise.

Crime

Balladic, this is another cool pop rock song with a definite alternative rock meets power pop texture. It’s catchy and quite tasty. Once more, be alerted for an F bomb in this track – although it’s just the once this time as opposed to repeated violations in the last number.

I'm Looking Through You

Here’s a cover of an old school Beatles song. It’s a great tune, bouncy and fun. Considering how much Beatles influence is on this disc, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear a cover of that band.

Better Than Good

Another Beatles influenced power pop cut, this rocks out pretty well.

Just Might Fly

Here Hux and company give us a tasty balladic number that’s got some definite psychedelic leanings.

Everything's Different Now
Here’s another ballad. It’s catchy – and yet a little bit left of center. I like it, odd that it is.              
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