261. Balance of Power – Undercover



After the departure of Bill Walden and the introduction of Sim Wilson as new lead vocalist on Branded, Undercover began a change in musical and lyrical direction. Branded was a bridge between the two ears and has both a sense of the previous releases as well as hinting toward what was to follow.

What was to follow was fully realized with 1990’s “Balance of Power.” Much heavier, darker and introspective, the keyboard driven pop punk was allo but gone and replaced with layers of guitars on top of louder and heavier drums. Where Sim brought a darker vocal technique on Branded with the impressive operatic voice, there is something rougher and tougher here.

The new musical direction also matched the new lyrical direction with more social issues, personal failings and humbling doubts taking more of the lyrical center. This whole directing paradigm shift also brought the band out of the 80’s bright colors and into the 1990’s grays.

There is very little to criticize here as the band seems to be hitting their stride in full force and would even expand and improve on that sound on future releases.


  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    November 15, 2010 at 5:06 am

    One of many great albums that I have “misplaced” over the years……which means people listened to them and never brought them back. Have all the others, though and the innocent media box set.

  2. December 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I need to go find this one again… so many boxes to dig into, but worth it.

  3. Kevin
    July 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    How this is not in the top 10 I don’t know.

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