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New American Shame

New American Shame

Review by Brian Angotti

Just when you thought party rock was dead, New American Shame emerges from the grunge capital, Seattle. New American Shame's debut album could possibly be one of the best rock releases in years. With their blend of melodic vocals and screaming guitars you get that elusive feeling of those eighties rock and roll gods. The album comes jam packed with rock anthems that are sure to have you singing along.

Already getting rave reviews from their tour stint with the reunited The Cult and now heading to Japan. These new comers Johnny (vocals), Geoff Reading (drums), Kelly Wheeler (bass), Terry Bratsch (guitar), and Jimmy Paulson (lead guitar) prove it's only time before they take over with their album landing the #200 spot in Japan and song on the up coming The Crow 3 movie soundtrack. New American Shame has the attitude and talent to become one of the hottest new acts for the millennium.

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Track by Track Review
Under It All
The first of many hard-hitting rock tracks, this starts off with a few bangs of the drum and becomes reminiscent of AC/DC in vocals and lyrics.
Broken Bones
A plain rock-n-roll song with no diversity, this one shows no real unique character.
What's it to You
"What's it to You" is a bluesy rock track that would do well on radio.
American Shame
This track sums up what New American Shame is all about, Rock-n-Roll.
Down in the Valley
A definite single for radio, this is an in-your-face, aggressive track that still comes across as melodic.
Skin Up
This number screams attitude and guts. It's enough to make you almost think it's the 80's again.
Somethin' Right
This is my favorite song on the album. Probably the best lyrics on this disc are featured on this mid tempo melodic rocker.
Sex Teen
An arena pleaser for sure, Sex Teen is very similar to the Buckcherry style on the opening vocals.
Lesson In Cool
One of the weaker tracks on the album, this one features overly simple guitar work and lazy vocals on an otherwise brilliant album.
Auburn is another AC/DC sounding track from the vocals and guitar right down to the lyrics.
If New American Shame doesn't have you playing that air guitar or screaming the lyrics before this point, they will now. Probably the hardest hitting track on the album, a high point of the song is an awesome guitar solo that fills it with the rock and roll attitude New American Shame has, making it a quintessential New American Shame number.
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