Featuring a slick production job from Pearl Jam/Korn collaborator Brendan O' Brien, Quarashi's debut single reveals a band that has the right idea without being able to truly capitalize on it. Of course, the two-song limit may be what keeps the listener from truly falling into their sound, but it seems as though each song represents what is right and wrong about the band. On "Stick 'Em Up," the band is a raging force of metal riffing and angry rapping that alternates between a Rage Against the Machine roar and a Michael Franti coolness. The scratching, the urgent riff, the balance between the singers, these are all the things that make this a better than average rap metal track. The next track, "Transparent Parents," has some problems that the first track does not. The rhymes are simply not that catchy, and the smoothly sung chorus betrays the bitter lyrics and classic rock guitar part that drives the song. This is an interesting introduction to the band, but a full length album is really what the group needs to prove itself.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano