Thursday, January 15, 2015

Universal You - Perfect EP

There is a powerful singer-songwriter tradition that is presented during the initial track on the Perfect EP, Cry. The track benefits from a smart production hast could easily have it present on pop or adult contemporary radio play. The intelligent arrangements that back up these vocals make for a compelling and alluring style that will resound loudly in listener’s ears long after the album has ceased spinning. Perfect is a track that builds off of the work of The Pistol Annies with The Runaways; there is a harder edge present here that showcases each of the constituent band members’ unparalleled abilities.  


Nothing Else Matters is a cover of the Metallica classic and it toes the original while spinning the effort into a bold new direction. There is still the brooding heaviness of the track, but there is a more timeless sound presented the effort by Gulzhan. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You is the final track on this EP and it showcases a decidedly different side to Universal You. There is an EDM / industrial sound that is meshed together with a hard rock approach, creating something that is absolutely special and represents a whole realm of possibility for subsequent Universal You albums. The guitar solo that is present here is absolutely sizzling, allowing listeners to ride the disc until the wheels fall off.


Make sure to visit Universal You’s website for more information about their releases and their social media profiles for samples of their music and the latest in information about subsequent releases. The inimitable and unique sound that the band creates on the five tracks here is impressive.


Top Track: Nothing Else Matters, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You


Rating: 8.7/10


Universal You – Perfect EP / 2014 Joe Soap Records / 5 Tracks / /