Hip Ripper

Let's Go Out!

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Queens, the New York City borough that gave us everyone from the Ramones and the Fleshtones to Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and Mobb Deep, has been known for a variety of music over the years. In the late 1990s, one of the acts that came out of Queens was Hip Ripper, a melodic pop-rock unit that sometimes brings to mind the Goo Goo Dolls. Let's Go Out! isn't a gem; nor is it innovative or groundbreaking. Nonetheless, Hip Ripper cranks out decent, well intended pop-rock, guitar pop and americana, and one can hear the band's potential on such down-to-Earth offerings as "You Don't Understand," "Anywhere You Wanna Go" and "Lonely Like America," a socio-political number that finds the New Yorkers decrying the state of America's poor in the 1990s and attacking those who have little or no compassion for them. Hip Ripper detours into classic country on an enjoyable cover of "Gotta Lotta Rhythm in My Soul," which Patsy Cline recorded in the late 1950s. This CD indicated that Hip Ripper was worth keeping an eye on.

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