Nuclear Valdez

In a Minute All Could Change

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After an extended hiatus, Nuclear Valdez proved themselves fully reinvigorated on 2002's In a Minute All Could Change. With nothing to prove to any critics -- who have long fallen off their collective radar -- and no major-label demands or chart aspirations to kowtow to, they just grabbed their instruments and cranked out an album of melodic, uplifting rock gems. There's nothing as gut-level powerful as 1989's anthemic "Summer," but then, the band's intent on this record is not to pummel the listener with punchy politics. They're content this time around to dwell on matters more personal, to focus on relationships and the power of time as a healer of them. Musically, In a Minute All Could Change is far closer to their debut, I Am I, than to the more complex and less immediate Dream Another Dream, with ringing guitar riffs and the soaring vocals of Fro Sosa leading the way on every track. Sosa also proves himself a more than adept producer on the album. Nuclear Valdez was, by the time of this record, too far from people's memories to make any significant impact, but the memorable refrains of such smart songs as "Wonderland," "Only Yesterday," and the title track make In a Minute All Could Change one of the better, if most unheralded, album-oriented rock releases of 2002.

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