On this fifth release, Audio A's music returns to those happier "Big House" days, a switch from the intensity found on Some Kind of Zombie. Some songs, like the folksy, funky "Get Down" (rumored to be the new concert fave) sound like they're influenced by bands like OMC, Sublime and Sugar Ray. But Underdog features other sounds, too, like a swingin', rockabilly version of "DC-10," the first single off Audio A's self-titled debut CD.
Watch for a major tour from Audio Adrenaline in the spring. —Martin Cockroft
|GROUP/ARTIST||ALBUM (LABEL)||STYLE||COMPARE TO||NOTE THIS|
|contemplative modern rock||Cranberries, Garbage, Tori Amos||no sibling rivalry here: Joshua, Sarah and Rachel Meeker make up the Furies, and little brother Isaac helps out on the road|
|Code of Ethics
|techno/house||Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, World Wide Message Tribe||band founder, lead singer and chief songwriter Barry Blaze describes this energetic album as "praise-and-worship music with a booster shot"|
|eclectic hip-hop||The Roots, Outkast, Mobb Deep||this duo's been cookin' up some mainstream success, making appearances on both BET (Black Entertainment Television) and a popular hip-hop morning show|
||Hot Rod Deluxe
|rockabilly||Brian Setzer Orchestra, Stray Cats, The Reverend Horton Heat||it's unusual to have even one girl in a band's rhythm section, but Ruby Joe has two: Amber Reeves on bass and Christina Hock on drums|
||Grace Changes Everything
|pop with a touch of country||Steven Curtis Chapman, Wes King||highlights of this album include a remake of the 1970 Norman Greenbaum song "Spirit in the Sky"|
||New Way to Be Human
|upbeat modern rock||Foo Fighters, Everclear, Weezer||two of the songs on this disc are directly influenced by Christian thinkers Soren Kierkegaard and St. Augustine|
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