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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Review: Crush UK - 99-09: Ten Years Of Crush UK

Crush UK – 99-09: Ten Years Of Crush UK
2009, Crush UK

Crush UK have been doing their thing for ten years now. The UK based trio have four albums, a number one single (Crush), and a top ten hit (Meaning Of Life) to their name, as well as a loyal following in both the UK and the United States. Lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter Martin Weller drives the band as a creative force, but drummer Rick bell and bassist Dave Dudley add that extra magic that turn Crush UK from a singer/songwriter project into a vibrant ensemble. Crush UK will complete their fifth studio album in 2009. The as-yet-unnamed project figures to mix Crush UK's usual influences of Pop, Punk, Country, Blues and Rock. In the meantime, Crush UK is offering a best of CD through their website called 99-09: Ten Years Of Crush UK.

99-09 has some very worthwhile songs you'll want to hear. Strange Love is a real gem. Weller's urgent vocal style works well in an acoustic pop song that deserves some serious attention. Reach Out is another great acoustic pop construct. Reach Out will have your toes tapping and you'll find yourself singing along, particularly to the infectious chorus. Pop Song is a frenetic 1960's style rocker that is truly a fun listen.

My personal favorite song on 99-09 is Tall Society, a deliciously infectious, Beatles-esque tune you won't be able to get out of your head. Crush UK gives us a remarkably compact pop arrangement on Meaning Of Life, another song you'll have a hard time getting out of your head. Crush UK goes almost Rockabilly on Enjoy The Moment, one of the best light moments in their catalog. Other song highlights include Greedy Martine, Today & Tomorrow, Stronger and Outrageous.

Whether you're already acquainted with Crush UK or you've never heard of them before, it’s worth your time to check out 99-09. I have to admit that I'd heard of them before but never listened to any of their music. There are some great musical nuggets there for those who take the time to listen.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Crush UK at, where you can purchase a copy of 99-09: Ten Years Of Crush UK in their store.

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