America's Least Wanted review by Ugly Kid Joe

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  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (15 votes)
Ugly Kid Joe: America's Least Wanted

Sound — 10
This was the debut album for Ugly Kid Joe that came out in 1992. It has excelllent production and a very clean sound. The vocals from Whitfield Crane is great, he has good voice but adds in a lot of great high pitched screams and fits the music very well. The Bass is very audible with a good tone, it is filled with good runs and fills and includes some nice funk styles in a few songs. Especially listen to the bass in the song "Same Side". The Guitar work is wonderful from start to finish, great riffs and sound with good technicality. The guitar solos fit perfectly and show the skill of guitarists, they can make great metal solos in every song and have a fair share of techniques and pinch harmonics. They make bluesy solos where they fit that will remind you of Slash's playing. Every song has a solo, some multiple, listen to the guitar work especially in the last minute and a half of "Panhandlin' Prince". In the song Goddamn Devil there is a guest appearance by Rob Halford. Everything is put together right and the album was mildly succesful, though after listening to it, it is surprising that these guys didn't get a lot more famous.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics throughout the songs have diverse topics and fit the songs, but aren't overly complex and don't break new ground. They are porposely immature in situations but don't come accross as being stupid. The delivery is first rate, Whitfield Crane is a very good singer.

Overall Impression — 8
This album is one of my favorite Cds to listen to, it is good from start to finish. If something happened to it I would get another copy in a heartbeat. Like I said the whole thing is good, but the songs "Busy Bee" (a strong ballad), "Madman" (a comical song about a maniac loose in Disneyland), "Cats In The Cradle" (a well-done cover of the Harry Chapin song), and the major single "Everything About You", stand out the most. There is plenty of good hooks and instrument playing, the only downside is that the album didn't really leave a big mark in the grunge dominated soundscape so didn't have a huge impression upon other music. If you are a musician who likes to hear some good playing or a metal fan it is definately worth your time.

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    THAT is a goddamn good album! Seriously guys you need that in your collection..
    Sooooo love UKJ. Check out those solo's!!! God Damn devil is still may favourite!
    One of the best albums I've ever heard. Very, very underrated. If you're a fan of rock, or anything close to rock, you definately need to pick up an UKJ album!
    one of the most under-rated bands ever. Menace to Sobriety is one of my favorite hard rock records.