STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 115379-18173 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby
Sounds Of Salvation, known on this release as SOS, are, of course, British festival favourites and are shortly to embark on a UK tour. Their high-octane ska is always a delight and though their previous album 'S'ka Gje' (2008) was a tad brash in places, they have clearly matured with this EP. But long term SOS fans need not worry as they have still retained their zany sense of humour. In case you wondered, "Nuking The Fridge" refers to the Indiana Jones film where the hero survives a nuclear explosion by hiding in a refrigerator. Starting with a glorious brass section in "Over All", it leaves spaces for thumping bass and jangly guitar as they proclaim the Gospel. "You Are" makes use of quiet intersections before blasting out the chorus with gang vocals and a trumpet solo by Andy Edwards. By far the most outstanding is "The Facebook Song" with its use of rapacious wit, "Sometimes I wonder if there could be more to life than virtual friends/But I still have 10 more friends than you!" and "Facebook/I'm friends with Jesus Christ on Facebook/I'm checking out his status on Facebook/'cause he is my best friend". After that is "Son" which lists the different Biblical names of Jesus. Finally, there is the live recording of "Burst" which has an excerpt from the Indiana Jones theme tune before taking a turn into an energetic ska-fest where the various band members trade vocal parts.
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