9- All In
By Greg Howell
How does Stroke 9 follow up 2002’s Rip
It Off? With an energetic romp with a punk/rock edge. All In doesn’t
quite live up to their debut, Nasty Little Thoughts, and doesn’t
quite break as much ground as you would hope on a third album, All In
doesn’t wholly disappoint either.
Combining a little bit of the humor found
in artists like Blink 182 or The Bloodhound Gang with some decent lyrical
delivery and you’ve got the sound of Stroke 9. Considered by some to have
“sold out” to the pop world with Rip It Off, they return to their
alternative side with All In. I was disappointed in the length of
All In however. With 10 tracks coming it at 37 minutes and 25 seconds,
it seems a little short. Despite the length, there are some quality tracks.
"Faux Gucci Girl" (5) is an upbeat sounding
song about partying and having a good time and not wanting to “come back
down from how you feel.” Track 6, "Rod Beck", begins out like a spoken
word track and then the chorus gets sung, “Maybe I need to undress these
issues with someone who is a professional,” speaking of an argument with
a former love. “Loneliness is an amazing thing…” is how "Words to Live
By" (7), starts out and ends with well, the singer’s words to live by.
On "My Advice" (9) I almost thought I was listening to a Maroon 5 song,
with the way the instrumentals began the intro. On the final song "Part’e"
(10) deals with the singer being tired of dealing with fakeness from everybody.
Overall All In isn’t a great album,
but it’s a good album. If you’re a fan of Stroke 9 or you have a little
cash, you might want to look into this album.
9- All In
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