"Every Ounce of Energy" (Self-produced; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The five tracks on All Over the Shop's "Every Ounce of Energy" EP will grab your attention and hold it tight from the first track to the last. Starting with the appropriately atmospheric "Rainy Downtown" and ending twenty minutes later with the boogie-rock of "Bad Enough," each track bursts with hook-laden choruses, smooth rock'n'roll vocals, and addictive guitar riffs, all buoyed by a rhythm section that is lively and tight. The song lyrics are smart and adult, even on the jaunty "Anutha Night."

The band's Bandcamp page is tagged with "alternative," "rock," "arena rock," "garage," "hard rock," "power pop," "Detroit." I guess all of those would apply. I would also add "bar rock," because I'd love to sit at a bar, sip on a Maker's Mark, and listen to this guys play.

No matter what the tag, by the time you've listened through "Every Ounce of Energy" you're gonna want to go back and listen to it again. The tracks here stick in your head that quickly, which means that this EP has done its job perfectly—it's left you wanting more.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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