THE UNINVITED


"13 Ways to Feel The Love" (mp3.com; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Okay, so The Uninvited may not exactly be the kind of band you expect to read about here at RoughEdge.com. They're not heavy metal, they're not quite punk (even pop punk) and they probably don't even qualify as hard rock. Hell, there are banjoes and stuff in there! 

But -- they're a great band that deserve some recognition.

What makes this band so great is their perky, peppy rock tunes wrapped around hysterically funny, often satirically scathing lyrics that are occasionally even downright poignant.

There are 13 songs here, most from the band's earlier CDs but others new to this collection. Highlights include, "Young and Beautiful," a ditty about aging; "What God Said," a thought- provoking rock'n'roll sermon; a live version of the hilarious "Successful Vegetarian," an extended live version of perhaps the band's biggest in-concert hit, "Too High For the Supermarket," "I Shoulda Been An Astronaut," a tune about how much easier it would be to get laid if you were an astronaut rather than a 7-11 clerk and "The Evil Heart of Mr. Brooks," a salute to the ever-popular Garth Brooks that will never get a second of airplay.

So, if you're feeling folksy or just wanna listen to some music that's more Huey Lewis than Ozzy Osbourne, check out The Uninvited. Their musicianship is simply amazing and their sharp-tongued lyrics will give you the edge you need. 

Unfortunately, this CD is no longer available and you'll probably only find it on eBay. 

For more information, please visit http://www.uninvited.com


"Pop This!" (Self-released; 1992)

Reviewed by Snidermann

"Pop This!" is okay light rock with catchy lyrics but the music is too bubble gum, too slow and too country-ish for my tastes. The best song on the CD is "Kali Station" and it still slips below my radar.

Ok, so the lyrics are clever and the music is at least halfway cool. But if I were to host a concert of my own choosing, this band would be "uninvited."

For more information, please visit http://www.uninvited.com


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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