While many in the industry are claiming that rock is back based on the success of retro-leaning bands like Jet, there's something to be said for straight-up commercial rock'n'roll.

While many in the industry are claiming that rock is back based on the success of retro-leaning bands like Jet, there's something to be said for straight-up commercial rock'n'roll. On its third album, Saliva continues to wave the flag for no-frills hard rock. The Memphis five-piece sometimes lacks a definitive sound, channeling Buckcherry on the active rock top 10 title track and Nickelback on cuts like "Razor's Edge." Yet the band excels at its straightforward, meat-and-potatoes sound, freed from prefixes like "retro" as well as the nü-metal scene it was originally lumped in with. The only thing the set lacks is any songs that are as immediately hooky as "Click Click Boom," from the act's 2001 debut, "Every Six Seconds." Saliva, which continues to win fans over with its live performances, is in the midst of a headlining tour. This likely will keep sales healthy for "Sickest."—BT

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