If Submission Red's previous release Vision Tour exposed the beating heart of front person Yvonne Winfrey, their newest album Untamed Ones reveals the scars that represent the healing. Having joined forces with crafty guitarist Stevie Benz (Between the Trees, Rookie of the Year), Yvonne's fun, outgoing musical personality is brought out by Stevie's bold, new, catchy guitars.
With a theme of freedom from the trappings of this world, Untamed Ones is a collection of diverse, deep pop rock songs. The title track Untamed Ones shouts, 'anthem' and is a wonderfully passionate song that is driven by the coupling of high energy vocals and memorable guitar riffs. Freedom Looks Good on Me and 24 (I Want More of You) may surprise listeners with their pop spirit that shines through deep, well thought-out lyrics. In the form of a powerful radio ballad, When He Looks Down From Above emerges triumphantly as a poetic plea for the world to treat each other as a family.
Untamed Ones holds on to all the passion and energy that Submission Red fans have come to love, but adds tasty, catchy guitar performances and unforgettable, sing-a-long lyrics and melodies to the Submission Red sound.
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Their previous release `Vision Tour' has been described as exposing the beating heart of Yvonne Winfrey, with `Untamed Ones' revealing the scars that are healing. This time it is melded with guitarist Stevie Benz, who comes from the successful touring bands Between the Trees and Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, several unfavorable reviews have stated that they don't like Yvonne's vocal style ..... whereas I think that she brings a `punk' attitude to a hard rock setting. And this boils over into the upfront lyrical approach that is more often found within punk, rather than in hard rock.
The opener takes the Joan Jett route with chunky guitar riffs and sing-along chorus "We are untamed ones, and we rise above the flames. You see us walk above the living, but we are not the same. We are the ordinary, seeking extraordinary. We are untamed ones".
The slowly smouldering `When He Looks Down From Up Above' is spoilt by a ham-fisted bridge section that doesn't quite gel. But they come back with the Paramoresque `24 (I Want More of You)' which is about carrying a fire and intensity in your heart for God, no matter whatever happens to you.
They have their tongues firmly stuck in the cheek for the cheesy anthem `Hurting Me Like High School'. Its so full of teen romantic angst with "Maybe I'm not the prettiest, but baby I was your loudest cheerleader, but I guess I just failed the test, now it's history repeating, I guess you're in summer and I'm in a winter fever, you're hurting me like high school"
There is the melodic `What Is It all For ?' and the off-kilter acoustic `Happy Birthday Sunshine' before they return with a trio a rock songs that build up the harder riffing.
It is not the most consistent of albums as it swaps styles between Skillet and Paramore and back again, but there are several good tracks.