Album Review

Slovenly 2010 Sampler [coll] – [Slovenly]

Thurston Hunger   4/20/2011   A Library, CD

Imagine a beverage that could both assure and cure the most
powerful hangover known to man. It might taste like this,
there’s pop like Bazooka Joe bubblegum, but mostly this is
rock on-tap. If rock and roll lies in the fountain of youth
then there’s a motor underneath of frenzied angst, and many
of the bands here have that down cold. I was drawn to this
on hearing Electric Crush’s “Clock Stands Still” timeless
timesplice. But so much top shelf stuff here, Juanito Wau
gets all Popeye on uno de dos! Fans of stoopid rock like
me will find a chorus on “Closing Time” with an iq of 3!
(one for each “yeah”). Billy Childish is on here (as is
required by Pub Rule), after him the Masonics deliver a
power pop infection. Th’ Losing Streaks move in big
side-swiping jumps, Reigning Sound will make a dead man
rise for air-guitar power chords with such great morgue
moaning background vox. Not to risk too high praise, but
Vex Ruffin is not far off the target of the Brainbombs,
double shot of him and his Jerkheads. Slab City’s guitar
eats glass, the Wildebeests are Flintstone’d (don’t even
know what I mean, but I dig it), Black Jaspers seek
Shelter in ’77, Lo-Lite crumble amps! The latter-most
tracks bear the Black Gladiator imprint and deliver the
gutter-butter. Some ol’ KFJC faves here, but plenty of
new spirits to imbide. Quick segues, DJ responsibly but
rock otherwise.

-Thurston Hunger

PS Check out – http://slovenly.com/mp3s/

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