Friday, September 18, 2015

CD Review: Ugly Kid Joe Return A Bit "Uglier" But Wiser With New Album

American rock band Ugly Kid Joe blasted onto the music scene in the early nineties with their debut album "America's Least Wanted." It spawned two hit singles ("Everything About You" and "Cats In The Cradle") and reached double-platinum status in just three years. Their two follow-up albums failed to capture that magic of the first album and the band disbanded in 1997.
Ugly Kid Joe would reunite in 2010 for a summer tour and to record some new tracks in the studio. With a new EP under their belt, Ugly Kid Joe found a new popularity, opening for bands like Guns N Roses, Skid Row and for festivals all over Europe. They began a campaign to fund a new studio album and on September 18th, after almost 20 years, Ugly Kid Joe will be releasing their new album "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be."
The new eleven-song release begins with "Hell Ain't Hard To Find" which has a little bit of that classic Ugly Kid Joe sound, along with a great, energetic modern rock vibe. The only thing missing is their brand of humor that they are known for incorporating into their songs. The band gets a nice hard rock groove spinning on "Let The Record Play" and hit the speakers hard with the metal appeal of "Bad Seed." They slow the tempo down for the fragile, acoustic delivery of "Nothing Ever Changes," then come roaring back with the AC/DC like guitar riffs of "My Old Man." The album finishes with a couple of cover songs, Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades" features guitarist Phil Campbell on the hectic, fast-paced speed number and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," featuring Austrian singer Dallas Frasca on this big epic close to the album.
Ugly Kid Joe are spending the remainder of the month on the road in U.K. To find out more about their new album "Uglier Than They Used Ta Be," please visit their website at

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