Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Rock What You Got by Superchick
"It's pure fun leaning towards the 80's sound ... the guys of Superchick [are] getting a chance to rock what they got ... Big Time!"
If you need a CD to crank up in the car or in your iPod as you sweat and get healthy, then Rock What You Got is one to get!
Superchic(k)’s newest CD begins with an anthem encouraging the listener not to compare themselves to others--to just be who they are in the title cut, “Rock What You Got!” And the vocal work on one of the ballads, "Breathe," is outstanding, with an estimated sixteen harmonies layered in the song!
Melodically and rhythmically the
rocker anthem-type songs exhort, encourage and challenge the status quo.
The brief introduction of scientific laboratory
dialogue to set up “Alive”
was brilliantly creative and makes it one of my favorite songs.
The overall message of Superchic(k) continues to be overtly positive. There are only a few disappointments. At times, the songs seem to be cut from the same template. Also, “God” and “Jesus” fail to appear in any of the lyrics, (though the lyrics of “Hold” implies God or Jesus in “I need your hand to hold, To hold me from the edge, The edge I’m sliding over slow.”) The word pictures in their lyrics are vivid and imaginative yet seem to lack substantial depth. The repetition, at times, hurts the impact of the lyrics ("Rock what you Got” or "I'm alive” or "Hey, Hey, Hey" or . . . you get the point.)
The band's musicianship shines
throughout this album. The combination of the synthesizer work, as well
as the electronic production energizes most
of the tracks. It’s pure fun leaning towards the '80s sound, which
seems to be making a comeback
Dave Ghazarian's exploding guitar on the last track is superb.
It helps bring the album full circle with the guys of Superchic(k) getting a chance to rock what they got . . . Big-Time!
I became an interested fan of Superchic(k) after hearing their song “We Live” on WOW Hits 2007. Even though their targeted audience is teens and young adults, this fan of the ‘80s will continue to listen and rock with them.Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.