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Talk Hard by Miss Black America

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Reviewed on 1st May 2002.


Talk Hard

By Miss Black America

It's wrong to compare, but what first attracted me to this band was a rock rush, the crash of a song, in an unashamedly indie way. How many indie bands rock? Well Miss Black America flirt with the idea on this record. The lead track "Talk Hard" has a wimpy verse which catches up with itself to get to a great early 90's chorus, before breaking into a classic Brit-pop guitar solo. It's back to square one with an acoustic driven rock songs "5 by 5". Through all this, it's the guitar interplay that keeps you interested, but where's the rock I was used to and wanted? Track 3 "I Am Not A Virgin". This single teases you, it's then you realise that Miss Black America can turn themselves to work in so many different ways, and now choose to unleash their rawk. Admittedly it doesn't smack you in the face as their previous records, but the stone roses groove bass leads into disjointed guitars, which keeps the bands pop-sensibility's. If you like music indie-pop and jangly, then this release will surely impress, but after the early material it depends when they take the music after this to how far they can make it up the music chain.



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