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Rye Coalition
Rye Coalition
On Top
Tigerstyle


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Stop Eating While I'm Smoking"

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Lock the doors, stash the booze and put the kids to bed, 'cause everybody's favorite rock 'n' roll renegades are back, and this time they're playing for keeps. Armed with little more than heavy gauge guitar strings, 12-packs of Busch Light and one hell of a bad attitude, these Jersey City maniacs have crafted one of the year's best knock-down-drag-out rock 'n' roll records. With the irrepressible Ralph Cuseglio on the mic and the (normally) reprehensible Steve Albini behind the boards, lighter-flicking tunes like "Hot Strikes" and "Freshly Frankness" are transformed into combustion-fueled anthems; Wiley and Gonnell's wailing dual guitars go round for round with Morey and Leto's jackhammer rhythms and Cuseglio's rabid, saber-toothed howl. Admittedly, there's not a whole lot of lyrical or moral substance to be found on On Top, but then again, that's not really the point of Rye Coalition or their music -- it's all about having as good a time as you can, while you can. If it's wholesome family entertainment you're after, look elsewhere, but if air guitar, AC/DC and farting on your friends' heads are your bag, then it's definitely time you crawled your clammy ass On Top.


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