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The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum (Reprise Records)

By: Alex Steininger

The females that can rock circles around most male rock bands out there today are back with some noise. From fierce guitar riffs that are so thick you couldn't dream cut through them, to softer melodies that will try and reach out to you and touch your souls you'll find everything on this album. From stuff you expected, to surprises you couldn't have dreamt of. Its all here, and in heavy doses.

"Drama" is a heavy metal heart attack. It's a cougar that has escaped from the local zoo and is heading straight for you. Everything about this song is hard and loud. From the vocals to the drums. Myself, I can't stand heavy metal. I hate it with a passion. But there must be something in the water, or the guitars, here. Although I wouldn't put this up there in my favorite songs of all-time list, after several listens to this song I started to sing along. Question them, or question me, but this isn't your grandma's heavy metal. "Off the Wagon" slows things down a bit. A lo-fi garage rock track. Not a bad track. A lot better than the metal song, and this time it threw me off track. After hearing them with their head on metal attack, this song was quite pleasant. While I listened to this CD many times, this song appealed to me from first listen. "Moonshine" is another garage rock song that stands out on the album. It even has a little pop influence in it, with its guitar hooks and melodies that pop up here and there in the song. "The Masses Are Asses" just keeps the goods coming. The album gets better with each track. Sometimes this song sounds like it was recorded in a friends little studio, and other times you can feel the bigger studio influence, but for the most part they keep everything down to earth and simple. And it really shows in the sound and gives it a nice "working man" feel to it. "Must Have More," "Me, Myself & I, and "Lorenza, Giada, Allesandra" keep everything flowing until the end. One thing is for sure, garage rock isn't dead. These gals have proven that sticking to your roots can pay off big time. Their sound is something that isn't too uncommon on the independent scene, but to have a down to earth sound like this while on a major label, is mostly unheard of. Applause should go out to them for sticking to their beliefs and not being turned over by money.

Honestly, after seeing photos of these gals and then hearing their opening heavy metal song, my stomach clenched up and I didn't look forward to reviewing the CD. But as time passed, and I listened to the CD I actually realized that looks can be deceiving. These gals may have heavy metal roots, but they also have simple rock and roll roots, and they follow their hearts and play what they want. I'll give this album a B+. These female rockers are out to prove something, and I think they've done it. Females can rock as hard (or harder) than males!

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