U.S. Saucer

Hell, Yes!

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U.S. Saucer is one of rock's more intriguing bands. They possess some of the most atmospheric music of today, and in a completely different way then, say, Bauhaus's atmospheric experiments of the early '80s. Whereas Bauhaus created an incredible aura with electronic noise, U.S. Saucer has its roots planted deeply in classic sounds, and manage to project a big sound even though they are just a trio (and like their other two albums, absolutely no percussion work is present). The band seems to improve as they go along, which makes their latest, Hell, Yes!, their best and most consistent. David Tholfsen's eerie vocals and the band's moody soundscapes are what make a track like "Three Ungrasping Chieftains" so haunting. Yet on the other side of the musical spectrum, the group has the ability to compose soothing lullabies, such as "Planet Returns" (sung by other vocalist Margaret Murray) and a relaxed country cover of Bette Midler's 1979 hit, "The Rose" (a pretty Tholfsen and Murray duet).

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