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Don't Want To Dance

Review by Gary Hill

The mix of sounds here is a bit hard to pin down. I almost landed this under metal. It definitely shares a lot of ground with nu-metal. Beyond that, there are passages (and one full song) that do fit quite well under that heading. Ultimately, I decided there were too many other things at play here to put it there. Whatever you call this, though, the mix of punk rock, alternative, ska, pop and metal is extremely effective.

I would guess that a lot of coverage of this act probably starts with something like "this all female band." Sure, I suppose that's something worthy of mention. The thing is, I fell in love with this music before I even looked at a picture of the act. It's obvious the lead singer is a woman (and she sometimes sound a bit like Gwen Stefani's more rocking side). This is not a novelty band, though, and the music holds up without that being a selling point.

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Track by Track Review
One Time A Year
Some pretty electronic melodies open this. The cut powers out from there to an almost epic metal sound. Then it screams outward with a bit of a punky edge as the vocals come over the top. A melodic break later brings more of that epic metal reference, but the cut fires back out from there to the fierce sounds. This is a real powerhouse number and a great opener.
Something To Hold On To
If you can imagine taking the earlier more ska period of No Doubt and blending in more of a metal edge, you'll find yourself pretty close to this. It's high energy and fierce. There is a lot of punk in the mix here. It's accessible and so cool. I love the killer guitar solo.
Hi But No
A hard rock meets metal approach drives this screamer. It has plenty of catchy hooks and mean guitar sounds. This thing is really fierce.
Oh, Sweet Sire
An almost bluesy rock vibe opens this thing. The cut works outward from there, and eventually becomes one of the most decidedly metal songs here. This is screaming hot and one of the highlights of the disc. It's fierce. The jam around the three-minute mark is one of the best passages of the whole set.
Thank God It's Friday
Driving, accessible and so classy, this has plenty of punk and metal in the mix. It's another winner on a disc with no weak material.
The Story That Never Ends
A hard rocking jam, this has punk, metal and alternative rock in the mix. Yet, overall it comes across as an edgy pop rocker that really emphasizes the "rock" in that equation. It drops back to a cool mellow instrumental movement to take the sound, and set, to its end.
 
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