Thursday, June 4, 2009

Review -- ULTIMATE POWER DUO -- New Normal

NEW NORMAL
Ultimate Power Duo
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Regular readers may recall the Ultimate Power Duo from an earlier review of their We're In Control Now back in 2007.
That first disk was not one I liked, at all. It rated a paltry 4.5.
Well, the band has taken a step forward this time around. The CD has a greater level of cohesiveness than the earlier effort. The music holds to style, tempo and feel from start to finish.
The music is still punk/indie, which is a style you either like, or you don't. It doesn't quite fall into my usual musical interests, but I have to tip the hat to this trio for staying true to itself, and maturing in their approach as they went to put this CD together.
This time around I do hear a bit more of a British style to some of the cuts, something they may have picked up when they played there.
There are in fact, a few cuts here, that I do like quite a lot; in particular Judas The Betrayed.
Overall there is an energy here, that is infectious, and that carries the CD too.
Still an acquired taste, but a taste much more palatable than the trio's earlier work. This CD should keep these three busy on tour, as it will find fans among younger listeners.
Check them out at www.ultimatepowerduo.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 13, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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