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Review By Michael McKenna
PA Music
February 2011

Popa Chubby, from the New York City area, shows another side of his talents with a new CD that just takes one around the block, but never drops you off! If you are into bluesy-influenced Southern Rock in the mold of a ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Charlie Daniels, Molly Hatchett or Lynyrd Skynrd, then this is what you should be jamming with. The slamming guitar riffs ride you into the next county, the percussions and rhythms are kicking and just keep ringing in your head.

The title track “The Fight Is On” has components of southern rock, country rock and with some heavy guitar work. Smash mouth vocals pervade throughout this track as well as some driving heavy guitar riffs. “We Got Some Rocking To Do” is an original that comes at you in the mold of retro rock from the 80’s with some metal overtones. “Another Ten Years Gone” tells a cool life story about some of his influences in music. “The Right Time” sounds a bit like some old Huey Lewis vocals with a jumpy rhythm that is peppy and has commercial possibilities.

“Rock and Roll is my Religion” has a real retro sound that could have been played in the late 70’s by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It has a cool sound that is modernized and fits well with today’s music styles. “The Company of Thieves” is a southern-rock based blues number with instrumentation that resembles ZZ Top and strong vocals that exude energy. “Switchblade Combs and Candy Cigarettes” has a nice folksy sound with country overtones that shows the range and talents of this band. “Noisemaking Love Machine” is just a blues/rock monster. The precise picking and pulsating rhythm combined with great lyrics and high energy make this a MUST LISTEN! One of the best tracks on this CD!

The intro on “Steelhorse Seranade” reminds me of some old Molly Hatchett with the way the music flows from the lead guitar to the rhythm guitar. This instrumental rocker just keeps jamming throughout with driving solos and percussions. This would make a great “B” side to a single and also has commercial possibilities. “It’s Over” is a Stevie Ray type number that just rattles me in how close it get to his style, Awesome! “Wicked Wanda” is a total Tony Joe White clone in the mold of a ‘Polk Salad Annie’ I swear that if I didn’t know it was Popa Chubby, I say it was Tony Joe! Now all I am waiting for is the ‘Haw,Haw,Haw’.

And for the closing I was treated to a live cover version of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” that was totally out of the box. High energy, riffs that jumped off the guitar, pounding percussions and the defiant screams on the vox gave this CD a powerful ending!

This is a powerhouse rocking effort! A whole other side of Popa Chubby exposed. In-Your-Face- Kick-Ass Rock & Roll! Another STANDING OVATION for this CD!