POWERMAN 5000 — Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere (review)

POWERMAN 5000 — Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere album cover Album · 2009 · Non-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Kingcrimsonprog
Powerman 5000 are a band that are a lot of fun; who write good, concise songs with interesting lyrics and who like to entertain their audience. If you expected anything artistic or deep you were being a little unrealistic, Powerman 5000 are a band who just write music that is simple, accessible, entertainment.

Realistically, if you like Spider One’s voice and vocal style and you enjoyed the Band’s early work you will almost certainly enjoy this album, however it would be an exaggeration to give the album high praise.

Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere sees the band returning in some ways to the style on Tonight The Stars Revolt and Anyone For Doomsday? which many fans like myself will appreciate and is the source of the album getting slightly better reviews than it actually deserves but the album is not an exact replica of their Nu Metal style and features much of the post Transfrom sound too, as well as some things which are entirely new.

Some of the music is very good indeed, and will doubtlessly become an integral part of the band’s live show for years to come. One such example is ‘Show Me What You Got,’ which is an electronics laden up tempo number with a chunky guitar part that exemplifies everything that was great about the band. Another highlight is ‘V is for Vampire,’ which is one of the most fun tracks the band have released this side of the millennium.

The best song on the album has to be ‘Make Us Insane,’ which seemed to be created specifically for advertising action films and wrestling pay-per-views but has yet to become outplayed like the tracks which are actually used to advertise such things.

One negative thing about the album is the sparse, empty sounding production which apart from a few distortion guitar parts sounds largely sterile and detracts a lot of the energy which was obviously intended to be present.

Another negative thing about the album is its short length, rather than seeming focused and concise it just feels like it ended too soon, as if it was only one half of a set or that the band were forced to put the album out before all of it was completed.

The album is alright for a bit of nostalgia or for a quick bit of easy listening fun but ultimately it is a little more disposable and unrewarding than you may expect after having heard about the direction of the music.

In summary Somewhere On The Other Side of Nowhere has some good music and the direction of the music is what the fans wanted, however the finished album is only a short 33 minutes and ultimately pretty throw away. This album isn’t likely to become a classic.
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