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MODERN SUPERSTAR - UNDER MY SKIN - ALBUM REVIEW

Jamsync Music | Release Date: Out Now

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Sleazy, dirty, dead end street Rock and Roll has entranced generations, but let’s face it after decades of bands serving up the same platter it’s not always easy to find the steak amongst the burgers. Modern Superstar have a certain ‘easy sleazy’ feel that is neither really punky or Metallic let still manages to paint that Sunset Strip picture without careering into the Glam corner inhabited by the likes of Poison and Tuff. It’s certainly got something, and its more than just attitude…


After the rather laid back light sleaze of opener ‘Hollywood Dirty’; ‘She Likes Girls’ has rather more late seventies pop rock about it and coupled with a catchy chorus and the nice simple lyric “She likes girls and so do I” it’s a winner on a hot summer night!


Then comes the left turn when you least expect it – the opening acoustic of ‘Txt U Gud’bye’ kind of reminds me of early Collective Soul – it’s a refreshing shot of light rock and actually another of our top picks but you have to question the positioning in the track list just as you were getting settled in! Similarly ‘Grow’n Old’ has that mellower feel too, though with a Bluesier light Southern feel. They’re both great tracks but somewhat adrift positionally, like you’d dropped a couple of tracks from ‘Lies’ into ‘Appetite for Destruction’… ‘Love Hate’ keeps the mellow going but is a grander ballad destined to get the zippos out.


Half way in we get the Rock back briefly courtesy of ‘You’ a song which has a Firehouse-like feel to it, slick eighties rock with some nice guitar work. ‘Blue’ that follows takes us back again to the, it’s OK but nothing to write home about really, and by this stage the switching between acoustic and  electric tracks seems to have no rhyme nor reason as you are the immediately confronted with the electric groove of ‘Devils Playground’ – it’s the sort of Hard Sleazy Bluesy stuff bands like Junkyard excelled at back in the  day, and to be honest we could do with more tracks like this.


The album ends with the rather unfocussed ‘Generation Star’ and a cracking version of ‘We All Die Young’ (from the Rockstar Movie Soundtrack), the former is a bit disappointing and to end with a cover, no matter how good is I always feel unless it’s some sort of tribute, or way left field is a bit of a cop out.


There’s good stuff here and this would have made a great coupe of EP’s – ‘electric’ and ‘acoustic’ but at the end of the day while you will find some great songs  here I’m not sure about the tracking or the focus – what do Modern Superstar want to be? They certainly have the talent they just need a little more cohesion.

 


by Leslii Phillips

 

 


 

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