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Album Review

The Urge's Receiving the Gift of Flavor is a by-the-books set of funk-metal, drawing equally from the forced rap/metal fusions of Rage Against the Machine and the party-hearty funk-metal of Red Hot Chili Peppers, throwing in the metal-ska of Fishbone for good measure. At times, the Urge hits upon a powerful groove, but for the most part, the music is stilted. Perhaps if the group had been recorded live in concert, it would have been able to fulfill their promise a bit more.

Customer Reviews

Good Album - But...

This is the best Urge record period. Buy this album...on CD. I'm a huge fan of iTunes, and have virtually stopped buying CD's, but the sound quality of this MP3 has hardly any lows, a muddy mid range and tinny high range. I made the mistake of buying the album from iTunes to replace my stolen CD, and ended up buying the CD again anyway. Rip the CD to iTunes, it sounds much much better.

Great album but it doesn't do them justice...

This is a great album but I doesn't even come close to the experience of seeing these guys live. Buy it for a great pickup...

Fun Stuff

These guys were fantastic live. Fun stuff with a light, unpretensious message. Not there best but they were always at there best live. This is the next best thing. Don't miss it...and dig around for there older tracks!

Biography

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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