"East Bronx Epiphany"

(South Bronx Rhythm Revue 2000)Workers - East Bronx Epiphany

Music has long been the refuge of the outcasts and the outsiders. And judging by their lyrics -- which range from "music took my soul" ("Music Took My Soul") to "truth is what you're told to believe/don't believe them, believe me" ("Firing Line") -- the Workers have that same connection that the rest of us outsiders do. With their quirky tunes, The Workers offer a little of this and a little of that on "East Bronx Epiphany."

Opening with the upbeat and weird, semi-80s tune "Mankind" is a good beginning, introducing the album's general sound. "Wanderings," with its thumping bass riff always audible, delivers a similar sound to the preceding track. Jazzy and laid-back, "John Q. Public" is an outsider, of sorts, on the album, reminding of Masters of Reality, especially with its guitar riffs. Reverting back to their original quirky styling, "Rock The Night Away" is faster with busy instrumentation before switching to more of a lounge act sound for the uncomplicated "Music Took My Soul."

With nice back to back guitar and bass solos, "Metropolis Damned" returns to the band's cleaner sound, as does "Seduction," which stands out with its much too catchy title hook as the band annunciates every syllable. "Firing Line" sees the band offer a heavier electric guitar sound and a bit of a more political message. "Take all my things/Can't buy no more/Go sell them all/Feel like a whore," The Workers sing on "Owned," a return to the slow lounge sound. Stepping up the tempo for an upbeat closing track, "Mystery Girl" reminds slightly of Ween.

As with all outcasts and outsiders, The Workers have something to offer. While The Workers album is best described as quirky, it expresses well the weird bits that work well and the ones that do not work so well. "East Bronx Epiphany" might not be quite a musical "epiphany," but the memorable tracks and instrumentation that stick with you after a few listens are certainly enjoyable.


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