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Future Crisis Klub

Future Crisis Klub

Review by Gary Hill

This EP features some particularly well-written and performed songs. It lands in the alternative rock zone, but there is a decent range within that overall label here. While this isn't groundbreaking in terms of originality, it's so well done that it doesn't matter. I'm not saying that you'll think you've heard these songs before, but I will say that the genre itself doesn't leave that much room for distinction in terms of inventiveness. It does allow for artists to stand out in terms of consistent quality. This release certainly achieves that.

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Track by Track Review
Wrecking Ball
This has such a great arena rock goes alternative vibe. There are hints of psychedelia. It has some great hooks and such a meaty sound.
Beautiful and Obscene
While it's another effective song, this isn't at the same level as the opener. It's a little less direct, feeling slower and somewhat restrained. I wouldn't call it a ballad, but it's closer to it than its predecessor was.
The Refugee

A harder rocking, more insistent cut, this has some great chops. I dig the guitar soloing quite a bit, too. While this still doesn't touch the magic of that opener, it's a great song. It seems rooted in 90s alternative rock territory.

Admit It
A hard rocking cut, this feels a bit meaner and raw. That's a good thing. There is almost a punk energy to it in some ways. It also makes me think of Neil Young's Crazy Horse stuff to some degree. I'd consider this another standout.
I Was Wrong
The first half of this song is essentially a rock ballad approach. The tune fires out into energetic and driving alternative rock late to make up the closing portion of the piece.
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