Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Ugly Kid Joe - Stairway To Hell EP (2012)

Genre - Hard Rock / Rock
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Track listing -

01 - Devils Paradise
02 - You Make Me Sick
03 - No One Survives
04 - I'm Alright
05 - Love Ain't True!
06 - Another Beer

Remeber 'Cats In The Cradle' and 'Everything About You'? Well I'm ashamed to say that that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of Ugly kid Joes back catalogue, and well this new EP couldn't be any further removed form those too commercial hits if it tried. After a fifteen year break, Stairway To Hell see's the band return with a darker sound, that is especially evident on the opening two tracks, Devils Paradise and You make Me Sick!
No One Survives is a four minute epic, great song with once again quite dark lyrics, have these guys lost there sense of fun?
No, its here in I'm Alright, a track that seems to come across in places as Love Hate playing My Cherona, a great little fun tune though. Love Ain't True! is fun, with its disenchanted lyrics, love it, quite a shout along track, could be fun live!
Another Beer, is the closest that we get to hearing the Ugly Kid Joe of old, a great little three minute song.
On a whole this little Ep is a great release, with the band generally moving into a darker musical direction, yet showing that they are still capable of producing more of what originally bought them to the table.

A great Ep, looking forward to hearing a new album!

Rating 9/10

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