"Natural Selection" finds Pennsylvania outfit Fuel coming into its own with its brand of agony-fueled modern rock.

"Natural Selection" finds Pennsylvania outfit Fuel coming into its own with its brand of agony-fueled modern rock. Lead single "Falls on Me" is the quartet's stock in trade—rippling acoustics, a lovelorn atmosphere and vocalist Brett Scallions' no-holds-barred belting in the chorus. But much better are the musical chances guitarist/principal composer/co-producer Carl Bell took this time around. Tracks like "Quarter" and "Won't Back Down (Bring You Hell Remix)" revel in darker, Korn-like tones. After such fine musical experimentation, one cannot help but wonder how a cookie-cutter pop/rock track like "Most of All" made the cut; it lacks major flavor when served alongside choice slabs of sonic angst like "Getting Thru?" and "Down Inside of You."—CLT