Raising the Stakes is NGS's second album and follows’ up their 2007 debut “Crash Course in Rock n Roll”, and pretty much picks up exactly where Crash.... left off, with more songs filled with attitude, sleazy guitar riffs and some wonderful hooks that really do grab your attention, all perfectly snarled out by vocalist AJ. New Generation Superstars have paid their dues on the road and honed their craft to almost perfection. The songs here are perfectly crafted sleaze rock / punk tracks with a great pop edged hook that as I said really grabs you!And for those who may never have heard of New Generation Superstars (and shame be upon you!), what we have here is high octane, fun packed sleazy rock n' roll. For me the stand out songs on offer here are, "Sub Class", "I Won’t Stop", "Way Back Home", "Beat Em Down" and album closer “Save Me", which I think is the only time they take the foot off of the gas so to speak!Raising the stakes clocks in at just over 40minute long, but flies by, so high is the energy of each song! I really do recommend this band to anyone who is a fan of great sleazy Rock n Roll, they have shared the boards with the likes of, The Distillers, The 69 Eyes, Ginger/The Wildhearts, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Scorpions, Great White, The Levellers, The Supersuckers, Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Tokyo Dragons, Vain, Crystal Pistol, UK Subs, Linchpin, Girlschool, Blaze Bailey, Wolfsbane,Vice Squad, Laika Dog, and were recently scheduled to appear of the ill fated tour with Sorry and the Sinatras and Eureka Machines. This really does show case their appeal to all rock fans.New Generation Superstars are one of the best bands out there on the British scene at the moment and Raising the Stake's really does do what it says on the tin!Highly recommended especially to fans of Kitty Hudson, Drugdealer Cheerleader, Wildhearts, LA Guns, demolition 23 and the like.