Rocket Science

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Produced by Rush frontman Geddy Lee, one might incur that this record has a strong and melodic progressive rock angle to it, but nothing could be further from reality. Former Change of Heart singer Rob Higgins uses a nu-metal performance on "Losing an Edge," which seems very forced despite the credible amount of tension built in the rhythm section. Thankfully, it's the exception, as a good portion lends itself to a hard rock motif, with some funky Primus aesthetics, particularly on songs such as "Space Suit" and "Atom Smasher." In certain songs, there is a new wave quality in the backdrop, including the synthesizer work during "Everybody Wins," although lyrically the song is weak. All of the influences meld perfectly in the stylish "Control," a cross of arena rock like Def Leppard within the framework of Trent Reznor. One of the odder numbers is the punk rock of "Be," perhaps a throwback to Higgins and his earlier bands.

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