American Steel "Jagged Thoughts"

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While clearly influenced by the East Bay sound, American Steel's song structures on "Jagged Thoughts" show the band's love for the musical traditions of Motown soul, folk, and early rock as well as punk and hardcore. This combination of traditional music and punk rock - the subtlety of the former with the power of the latter - defines and reconciles this diverse group of songs. Having fully absorbed their punk influences in the process of making "Rogue's March," American Steel set forth to create a more uniquely personal follow-up. An exciting take on rock'n'roll tempered by punk's hardness, swagger and crunch and melodic pop's irresistible essence, "Jagged Thoughts" is a masterwork by an important band.

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