By James Sowa 

Punish the guitar with frantic power chords; hammer out a chorus to catch the ear; and seal it with a blistering solo, or two. Posterwall follows this formula on nearly every song of their second release, Charged. This album, which was self-released, may not reflect the most technical music but it is catchy, straight-ahead rock-and-roll.

Chunky guitars and heartbroken lyrics are mainstays on this CD. Though most of the tracks sound similar, there are a few that stand out. "Won't Let You Down," the opener, introduces the power of the album. The song opens like something from The Darkness and proceeds in the same fashion. (Thankfully Stewart the lead singer's voice is not as high-pitched.) Power-driven verse into a decent chorus. A solo picks up after the second chorus and plays through the rest of the song.

"Uncle Henry" is probably the most innovative song on the album, lyrically that is. How many times have you heard a love song that involves alien abduction? The lyrics on this song are innovative and fresh; the guitars sound familiar but are pleasing nonetheless. Solos and fills rule this song, displaying the talent of these boys.

The closer offers inspiration and depression. "Everything changes, but you will stay the same." One of the slowest tracks, it is also the most emotional. The guitars sound epic and Stewart's voice is filled with emotion. The song is one of the most effective closers that I have heard and it fits perfectly into the album. The guitar work is flawless and a terrific solo cap an excellent album.

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