Ugly Kid Joe – Rad Wings of Destiny

8/10

Some singer’s voices ages with grace. Whitfield Crane (coolest singer name, EVER!). He belts his socks of and heart out all during the album.

I have always liked Ugly Kid Joe´s somewhat casual, laid-back music. It has always been a group that you can listen to. They roam in the land between AC/DC/Mötorhead rock and country. This album they stay in the rock lane for the harder faster songs like “That Ain´t Living” & “Failure”. These two songs sum up the essence of Ugly Kid Joe. “Drinkin & Drivin” Håller sig mer åt country hållet. But you also have a song like ”Not Like the Other” that could have been a T-Rex song.

“Everything’s Changing” has a vibe towards American Singer Songwriter in it for me. Tom Petty, Neil Young and so on.

What I do know is that “Cat´s in the Cradle” is still the best cover this band has recorded. The song “Lola” by The Kinks should have been not covered by Ugly Kid Joe. It is not a good cover, and they could have put another song, any song instead of that on the album. That alone takes the grade down at least one point.

As a whole I have to say that this is a solid album. The band has gone back to producer Mark Dobson who produced “Americas Least Wanted” who has made a solid job with the sound and arrangements. As previous stated, Crane sings fantastic and the AC/DC leaning rhythm and groove in the songs makes it an easily accessible album and enjoyable to just listen to.

So please continue the rock focus for the future, do your own songs and continue singing great!!

 

 

Band: Ugly Kid Joe
Title: Rad Wings of Destiny
Label: SPD/Metalville
Date of release: 2022-10-21
Rate: 8/10
Stand Out Track: Failure
Country of Origin: USA
Playing Time: 40:35

 

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Ugly Kid Joe – Rad Wings of Destiny

November 7, 2022

I have always liked Ugly Kid Joe´s somewhat casual, laid-back music. It has always been a group that you can listen to. They roam in the land between AC/DC/Mötorhead rock and country.

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