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Album Review

With their second major-label album, Master of Styles, the thrash-funk-metal band the Urge have created their most accomplished and effective album to date. Not only is the Urge's ambitious material their finest to date, but they have accurately captured their pile-driving, overwhelming live sound, resulting in a visceral, exciting listen unlike anything in the band's catalog.

Customer Reviews

Shockingly Different in a GREAT way!!!!

A cross between 311 and Reel Big Fish with an edge. If you are lucky enough to hear a band such as The Urge and realize that their music is intelligent, different, and altogether wonderful to listen to you should count your blessings. Best songs: "Played Out", "Closer", "Going Down", "Jump Right In. This sophmore debut is better than their first effort but check out their debut album, make sure to listen to "Take Away" and "Brainless".

Excellent album, excellent band

Excellent music, I loved these guys, and was sad to see they couldn't keep personalities from getting in the way of great music. This is the music you turn on to provide that extra motivation. There is one more album "too much stereo" that came after master of styles. If you have enjoyed the first as much as I have, you will love the third...

It's Getting Hectic

Those songs are good but there are many more to consider. Don't forget to listen to "It's Getting Hectic" in addition to the songs mentioned above.This track is like a roller coaster.


Formed: 1987 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The St. Louis-based ska-punk outfit the Urge was formed in 1987 by vocalist Steve Ewing and bassist Karl Grable, who together remained the nexus of the group throughout the many roster changes which followed. The original Urge lineup debuted in 1989 with the cassette-only Bust Me Dat Forty, followed a year later by the LP Puttin' the Backbone Back. After the additions of saxophonist Bill Reiter and trombonists Matt Kwiatkowski and Todd Painter, the group released 1992's Magically Delicious; guitarist...
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