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Master of Styles

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Artist: The Urge
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: April 1998

Review by MusicBox
3½ stars out of 4

Chances are you've never heard of The Urge. They're local enough to play four consecutive sold out shows in their hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, but national enough to have a guest appearance by Nick Hexum on their latest album, Master of Styles. So who are The Urge? They are an indescribable, crowd pleasing ensemble that put on the best live show of any band on tour today. Bringing together ska, punk, alternative, and a touch of reggae, The Urge are sitting on the edge of hardcore rock.

Back up by Karl Grable on bass, Matt Kwiatkowski on trombone, John Pessoni on drums, Bill Reiter on sax, and Jerry Jost on guitar, Steve Ewing belts out their collective tunes in a typical rock star tone. Writing songs about trips to the liquor store, writers block, and a lot of songs about sex, The Urge still haven't lost their local charm. Their newest album, Master of Styles includes "Jump Right In", which Nick Hexum contributed to. The singles released from the album included "Jump Right In", "Closer" (which are two of The Urge's more tame songs), and "Straight To Hell" (a fan favorite). The Urge is probably the best band to ever come out of St. Louis. They just waiting to invade your CD Player. The Urge's new album, entitled "Too Much Stereo" after the first single to be released, is due out in late April/early May.



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