Urge Overkill – Americruiser

ARTIST: Urge Overkill                  Urge_Overkill_-_Americruiser

TITLE: Americruiser

YEAR RELEASED: 1990

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Ticket to LA

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Uh, huh

LINEUP: Eddie “King” Roeser, Nash Kato, Jack Watt

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second record from Chicago alternative trio improves the sound a bit, the songs a bit, but still kind of blurs together.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a drummer change, Urge Overkill recorded their second album with Butch Vig in controls, and he and the band cleaned up their sound and corralled their influences a bit, which was sorely needed.

The one-two punch of “Ticket to LA” and “Blow Chopper” gives one hope, and those songs definitely are keepers for the band, but then the next six tracks don’t build or diversify, or are kind of half-assed (like “Empire Builder”). It’s also short, too, with eight songs that aren’t that long. King Roeser sings most of the cuts, so that also may be a change for later fans.

They’re on their way to where they’d land, but this isn’t where to start with them.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Jack Watt was known as “Jaguar”

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE: C+: There’s enough good stuff here to make you wish there was more, and more diversity.

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