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Supremium, who initially appeared in mid-2000, around the time of the International Pop Overthrow festival, are a power pop band with a sound heavily indebted to rough-edged, bar-room rock & roll. Guitarist Coz Canler, formerly of early-'80s power pop legends the Romantics, brings a good deal of the rougher edges of that band to the table here, from songs like "Rock You Up" and "What I Like About You." Those edges, however, are smoothed by the presence of fairly full-blown production courtesy of lead singer/songwriter Bruce Whitkin. While Supremium rock fairly hard, they also manage to craft enough hooks to make a good deal of the album -- such as "What She Needs," "Fall Out," and "The Girl I Want" -- sound extremely catchy and radio friendly. The band's image is refreshing, too, as they've adopted the timeless "All-American Bar Band" persona: even the album packaging is poker-themed with smoky photographs of the band members. Fans of rough-edged power pop like the Smithereens or the Hoodoo Gurus will love this.

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