Superjuice
"Last Against The Wall"

(Self-Released 2002)Superjuice - Last Against The Wall

Superjuice's debut release, a 4-track album called "Last Against the Wall," is a fall back to 90s radio-friendly pop-rock with a slightly electronic and jazzy edge and a bit of something else mixed in that makes their sound their own. With the recording sounding so focused and clean, the instruments or the vocals could be weak. But they aren't. Vocalist Andy DiSimone's voice excellently complements the songs, or do they complement him?

"Listen" catches your attention with its catchy and melodic hook, the first example of Superjuice's blending of rhythm and melody so that one does not overpower the other. Not completely different in mentality is "Humble State" with a building chorus of "aahs" behind the lead vocals during the groove-driven choruses. While the first two songs on the album weren't exactly the same, they weren't exactly different either; sound-wise, they shared a common thread and were well done, but Superjuice chooses to change the pace, spike a new vein before you can even think about getting sick of the old one. "Need It Now" is a slower tune, led by drums that aren't over-powering and an almost whiny (in a good way) electronic sound. The vocals of the verses are layered, adding texture over the subdued instruments. Superjuice's closing song, "Shine," really makes you notice the vocals, which, during the melody of the chorus, blend together nicely. The bridge to the guitar solo, however, is an awkward attempt at a dynamic build up with another chorus of "ahhs" but is really too short to make a difference either way.

Superjuice, whether intention or not, leave the listener with a single question: where's the rest of the album? While the "album" is more of an EP or a demo, it's well done. "Last Against the Wall" leaves you satisfied by wanting some more.

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