"Trik Turner" (RCA; 2002)

Reviewed by Rose Grech


Trik Turner adds a simple twist into the hip-hop/rock blending scene with their own natural style. 

The sextet's self-titled album opens with nice subtle break beats, overpowered by melodic choruses and hip-hop. The songs feature diverse vocals within a song and throughout the album, as well as instrumentally, from a relaxing, mellow, acoustic element to hard, upbeat tracks. 

"The whole rock and hip-hop thing has been done in the past ten years," says vocalist David Bowers. "But we bring different elements into that format, and I think we're deeper lyrically than most of what you hear."

Many of the songs on this, their self-titled major label debut, are new, re-recorded versions of the songs that appeared on thier 2000 independent release, "Black Seas and Brown Trees." The new versions are somewhat more harder edged.

Trik Turner offers a variety of musical elements with a hip-hop/rock foundation. For something new check out  

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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