Rock & Roll Submarine

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  1. May 16, 2011
    8
    Surprisingly good album, especially considering that long hiatuses don't often work in a band's favor. Nash Kato and King Roeser's songs are split between power pop ballads and claustrophobic rockers (respectively), and the duo's knack for subtly catchy hooks haven't gone sour. The production is closer to the earlier Touch n Go material (specifically Supersonic Storybook), but the tunesSurprisingly good album, especially considering that long hiatuses don't often work in a band's favor. Nash Kato and King Roeser's songs are split between power pop ballads and claustrophobic rockers (respectively), and the duo's knack for subtly catchy hooks haven't gone sour. The production is closer to the earlier Touch n Go material (specifically Supersonic Storybook), but the tunes are more world-weary and nuanced. Anything new? Not really. But it's enjoyable, and I'm glad UO made a come-back record that stands up with their better releases. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2011
    8
    To have a new album from Urge Overkill is a pretty wonderful surprise. Their album "Saturation" remains one of my all-time favs and still rocks all these years later. This new effort is uniformly excellent, as well. Right from the opener "Mason/Dixon" (which features a killer distorted riff), Urge is in classic form. If you've ever enjoyed any of Urge's previous releases, this album willTo have a new album from Urge Overkill is a pretty wonderful surprise. Their album "Saturation" remains one of my all-time favs and still rocks all these years later. This new effort is uniformly excellent, as well. Right from the opener "Mason/Dixon" (which features a killer distorted riff), Urge is in classic form. If you've ever enjoyed any of Urge's previous releases, this album will undoubtedly please you. Expand
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Jun 13, 2011
    70
    Rock & Roll Submarine isn't likely to catapult Urge Overkill back onto the national stage, yet, like Dinosaur Jr's recent output, it's a snapshot of a band returning to almost glory virtually unscathed.
  2. May 18, 2011
    58
    If it's any consolation, the songs are interchangeable and accomplished enough that long-time fans will be relieved that they didn't embarrass themselves. Newcomers, if any, will almost certainly wonder what the big deal was.
  3. May 17, 2011
    67
    The end result is just as prefabricated as Saturation, though Rock&Roll Submarine will likely speak to fans of the band's looser, rawer Touch & Go period.