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POC: 'Rise Above'

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The debut album by 21-year-old Mexican POC is a pure throwback. From her damaged blonde-hair-and-leather look to the album’s glammed-up shouters (like the fuck-you-dad anthem “Go to Hell” and debut single “Rock ’n’ Roll Baby”) Rise Above is pure ’80s peroxide-metal. It’s a resemblance deliberately courted by the guitar wrangling and flashy production of Ron Thal (who’s less in Guns N’ Roses mode than full-on Lita Ford) and the big-beat drumming of bandmate Frank Farrer. If you’re looking for something mildly exotic (only three of the 12 tracks are in English) to go before Poison on your iTunes glam-metal playlist, then by all means, take the plunge; otherwise, save your money.

★★ ½ (out of 5 stars)

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