Though not exactly prolific, Australiaâ€™s Sick Puppies know how to pace themselves. Though the band has been around since 1997, Tri-Polar marks only their second full length. With a dozen songs, the band makes the most out of the time they are given in the studio. Reminiscent of mid-to-late 90â€™s alternative rock â€“ mixing everything from metal to pop rock â€“ the band sounds like a blend of Silverchair and Stone Temple Pilots, with a slight nod to the Smashing Pumpkins.
Lyrically, the songs may not strive for poetry, but the band still churns out a particular fun brand of head-nodding hard rock. Songs like the agro-heavy â€œSurvive,â€ which owes a little too much to meathead nu-metal groups like Limp Bizkit and Staind, seem a little out of place on an otherwise strong record, but the weaker tracks are more an exception than the rule.
Top tracks: â€œIn It for Lifeâ€ and â€œDonâ€™t Walk Awayâ€
Rating: 7 out of 10
Sick Puppies â€“ Tri-Polar/CD/2009/12 tracks/Virgin/www.sickpuppies.net