The Bronx have once again given us a raging, pounding, fist-pumping record. I can say, that this is a solid rock record that has its moments. For those that are unacquainted with the band, this is definitely a straightforward rock record, moving quickly through its twelve songs. There are moments of classic rock, nostalgic 80's punkyness (for some reason, his vocals occasionally remind me of Stooges era Iggy Pop in a way, not that he sounds like Iggy, just his delivery can be similar) and 90's rock as well. But to say that this band sounds retro, or like they are mining old bands for their sound, would be incorrect. Over their last three records, The Bronx has definitely honed a particular sound; hard, abrasive, with growling melodies, bright chords, and pop sensibilities when it comes to hooks.
For those of you who are already fans, a few words of encouragement...... Those of you who yearn for the hardcore brutality of I and II, you may be disappointed. This album follows the path that III tread in a really great way. The moments of screaming and howling from History's Stranglers or Cobra Lucha are definitely toned down. They've been replaced with a much cleaner, less abrasive singing, which is still fantastic. Matt does a lot of yelling now, not so much screeching. The punk and hardcore sound of the early records has been stripped to a much more groove heavy rock. That's not to say it doesn't rock your socks off! The album still forces a steady nod, and every song makes me want to pick up my guitar to play along. It's a pretty good album-do yourself a favor and give it a spin.
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