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Album Review

Displaying heartfelt emotion and energy to spare, No Pleasantries announces the emergence of U.P.O. as a force to be reckoned with on the alt-rock scene. With a sound similar to Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden and featuring vocal distortion like that employed by Travis Meeks of Days of the New fame, the album is nothing revolutionary, but it is full of quality tracks that will please all but the most jaded alternative fans. The band is confident and consistent in their sound, and although there is not a great deal of variety on No Pleasantries, it is obvious that U.P.O. knows what it's doing. Even when imploring "Save Me" during the song of that title, lead singer Shawn Albro sounds like he's having a good time, and he is clearly not just going through the motions. If teen angst done right is what you're looking for, No Pleasantries has that in spades, but the band has obviously gotten over it.

Customer Reviews

U.P.O. fan

This is an extremely under-appreciated effort, and I wish more people knew about this album.


This album is excellent. Any fan of Soundgarden or the genre will truelly appreciate this. A must have.

One of my favorite bands!

U.P.O. is one of my favorite bands even when they only have 2 albums. This is the best of the two, not the mention Godless is one of the best songs I've heard.


Formed: 1998

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

L.A.'s aggressive rock four-piece U.P.O. consists of vocalist Shawn Albro, guitarist Chris Weber, bassist Ben "Crouch" Shirley, and drummer Tommy Holt. Though both Albro and Weber lived in the same city, they met at England's Reading Festival in the mid-'90s. By 1997, they had crafted a demo that attracted major-label interest and the duo needed a rhythm section; after some searching, they hooked up with Shirley, a friend of Albro's, and found Holt through an ad he placed in the newspaper....
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