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The Upper Crust
Revenge For Imagined Slights
Camp Street Records
www.theuppercrust.org


Fans of The Upper Crust will no doubt enjoy nearly every track of Revenge For Imagined Slights (including this reviewer) because the formula doesn't change. Songs such as "Long Table For Love", "Coachmen Ride On", "Rococo" and "Class Up The Ass" follow the traditional route of AC/DC pining with clever lyrics.

However, where this album stands apart from earlier works might be the standout track "Come Hither Fair Youth". While the verses may sound like they have the typical formula familiar to The Upper Crust (all the way down to the cowbell), the beginning of the song sounds a lot more like the grandiose beginning of a metal song. The bridge seems to borrow even more heavily from metal and you know what? It works. However it happens, part of the song even sounds like .38 Special. The other surprise on the album is a "Bedlam", a barnstormer reminiscent of "Cream Of The Crust" once it gets going, especially as the kick-drum hits double-time. It almost seems as though the band stepped in Quiet Riot for the changes to the song.

Finally, the album ends on territory familiar to everybody who has ever treasured "Everybody's Equal" with a song entitled, "Wine Women And Song" - which is as close to a ballad as The Upper Crust can muster.

-William "Cadillac" Donovan

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