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Rip It Off
Stroke 9
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Reviewed: 7/24/2002 by Chad

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After their brilliant debut album, critics being to wonder if stroke 9 has any nasty little thoughts left, or will stroke 9 fall victim to the sophomore slump like so many other bands. Not only has stroke 9 matched the brilliance of the last album, they just may have surpassed it. With the lead off track "Latest Disaster" stroke 9 dispels all doubt that they are back, and better than ever. The album doesn't let up at all leading right into the soon to be hit single "100 Girls", followed up by the standout track on the album "Vacuum Bag" A song of bittersweet goodbye, with a chorus that only stroke 9 could deliver so perfectly. Mixing emotional highs and lows, stroke 9 brings it all together in one well written album. Musically the band sounds as good as every, roaring guitars, and catchy bass chords, that keep you coming back for more. This is an example of what a sophomore album should sound like, building on the high points of their debut album, but bringing the same great writing style seen throughout their first album. You won't find any little black backpacks on this album, but this album will find its spot on radio stations nationwide. Rip it off, buy it, do whatever you have to do, but get your hands on this album, you won't be able to put it down.

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