The Poor - Round 2

Label: Riot!/Warner
Produced by The Poor and Greg Clarke
Length: 35.18
Rating: 75%
Reviewed by Brian Fischer-Giffin

The Poor's comeback album out of last year was a rather disappointing collection of somewhat bland older songs they'd never got around to releasing the first time they were around. While there were traces of the old rock n'roll brawlers on it, it didn't live up to expectations.

On Round 2, they come out swinging much more convincingly, punching out a short, sharp album of no-nonsense hard rock that doesn't over stay its welcome or try to be anything more than it is. The Poor has got their mojo back and they quickly prove it with "Black n Blue", "Blood" and "Trouble" lashing out a 1,2,3 of solid rock heavy hitting with tasty riffs, catchy hooks and Skenie's mean n' clean vocal stylings. When they do take the foot off, it's for a bluesy acoustic ramble through "Rock N' Roll Survivor" that's every bit as road-weary as it sounds. "Jesus" brings back the rock immediately and shows that even a song that seems to have absolutely nothing to say can be fun if it's catchy enough. Refreshingly, the back half of Round 2 rocks out just as well as the first, closing with the totally rollicking "Which Part of No Don't You Understand".

A much better statement of intent than the patchy comeback, Round 2 shows that this time The Poor means business.

  1. Black N Blue
  2. Blood
  3. Trouble
  4. Bad Taste
  5. Anna's Old Man
  6. Rock n Roll Survivor
  7. Jesus
  8. Kiss My Arse
  9. Nothin to Say
  10. Grave
  11. Which Part of No Don't You Understand

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