6/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 24th July 2015
Urge Overkill were responsible for one of the best records of the '90s with their album "Saturation" which contained classics such as "Sister Havana" and "Positive Bleeding". They also shot to unlikely fame with their cover of Neil Diamond's "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon" which featured on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. It would be fair to say that they rode a wave of '90s pop culture zeitgeist for a short period of time. They're hardly prolific with just six albums in the last 26 years. "Rock 'n' Roll Submarine" was released in 2011, their first album since 1997 and their last release to date. The title is pretty awful and made me think that they had jumped the shark. This doesn't match up to "Saturation" or it's immediate predecessor, "Exit The Dragon".
The first three tracks do very little for me, in fact "Effigy" is almost '80s hair metal. However, once you get to track four, "Poison Flower" things get better. It has a great riff. "Thought Balloon" is the best song from the first half dozen, it's the one up to that point where the melody seems to be allowed to break free. "End Of Story" is okay. It sounds like Urge Overkill, the problem with the album is that it just lacks the killer hooks of their previous work. Shame.
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