Sunday, April 12, 2009

Album Review: Pop Evil - Lipstick On The Mirror

Discovered as an opening act during a Theory of a Deadman show, Pop Evil is an amazing band with a great rock sound. Seeing their performance forced me to buy their debut disc, Lipstick on the Mirror, and I’m glad that I did. So let’s delve in and see what this beauty sounds like.

Lipstick on the Mirror opens with the lead single, Hero, which ironically, is the weakest song on the disc. It’s a hard rocking song, but lacks the punch and balls of the rest of the tracks.

Shine Down is a head banging anthem that comes complete with a hard hitting chorus and lead vocalist Leigh Kakaty sings well on this track. He brings a lot of energy to the record. His voice is smooth and effective on the slower songs, raw and powerful on the rougher rockers. He has a good, strong vocal range that sets the tone for the rest of the music.

100 In A 55, is the slow ballad of the disc and what a great song this is! Quite possible one of the best slower melodies I’ve heard in a long time. This song alone makes the price of the disc worth it. The message in the music is to always push yourself forward, never give up on your dreams, and be sure to slow down and appreciate what you have. It’s one of those songs about how life is a journey, not a destination, and we all need to remember that once in a while. This is an amazing song with an incredible groove, strong lyrics, excellent guitar work, and fantastic vocals, hands down, the best song on the disc.

Other notable songs include: Somebody Like You, Hey Mister, and Another Romeo & Juliet, which opens with a killer guitar solo the likes of a Van Halen disc. Tony Greve does some great work throughout this album. His ability with the axe in his hands is stellar and in a couple of years, critics are going to be comparing him to some of the all time greats.

Lipstick On The Mirror is one of the best debut discs to be released in a long time. It reminds me of the first time I heard Buckcherry or Hinder after their debuts. I’ve been hooked on both of those bands ever since, and I have a feeling that I’m going to hooked on Pop Evil as a well.

Ryo’s Rating: 8.5 (out of 10)

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