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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Universal Music Group artist: Nine Below Zero - Third Degree - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Third Degree, from Nine Below Zero, and it's quite entertaining. This release is made up of two sessions, Third Degree Original Release: Simon Boswell Sessions and Glyn Johns' Third Degree Alternative Production: Recorded At Turn Up-Down Studios. Opening with 11+11, 9 Below Zero is full force into alt rock with bright pop vocals. Wipe Away Your Kiss continues in the pop rock vein firmly establishing this band as a pop rock machine. Why Can't We Be What We Want To Be shows flecks of the earlier work with hints of harp and guitar but it's full ahead pop rock. Tearful Eye has the hook and the beat. This is the best track on the release with strong melodic feel. True Love Is A Crime gets a little bit of the punk edge but retains the polish of a pop band. A cool rocker. Sugarbeat really makes power pop it's motto. A strong pop track it is the catchiest track on the release. Easy Street SE17 has a bit of ska to it reatining it's pop flavor. You Can't Say Yes and You Can't Say No hits the rock highway as a closer for side one of this 2 disc release. With all guns firing but retaining a lot of melody and hook, Nine Below Zero is a full fledged pop band. The second disc, Glyn Johns' Alternative Production has a bit more edge and spontaneity. Adding three additional tracks, Why Don't You Try Me Tonight, Mama Talk To Your Daughter and Johnny Weekend the band not only gives the release a totally different flavor but also creates a lot more intensity from a rockers standpoint.

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