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Uncle Light
Uncle Light EP
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Frank Hill
Published: 11/20/2003
A slightly harder edge though not exactly metal
Being familiar with the 60's originals (Steppenwolf, The Mindbenders, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates respectively) and even some of the cover versions of the listed songs on this Uncle Light EP, I didn't know how much I wanted to even hear it. The guitar leads in "Shakin' All Over" always rubbed me the wrong way. Thankfully, this EP was a pleasant listen.

The tracks have a slightly harder edge though not exactly metal or even Poison-level hard rock, they are electrified up to a degree. The main selling point for the EP for me was the comfort that the band plays the numbers. They nicely walk the line between being overwrought and loose without sounding like hired wedding-band performers. It's slightly infectious enough that you may find yourself humming along some of the melodies like I did. Only thing missing for me was the absence of some backing vocals. I think they would round out the songs even more.

It's a good listen that shows Uncle Light's style. Only question now is how well they can do on some originals?

1. Sookie Sookie
2. Game of Love
3. Shakin' All Over
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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