Detroit punks hone their ample strengths on a third album that's pure rock 'n' roll
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Certain industry onlookers are perplexed as to just why [B]Annie Christian[/B] have yet to truly make their mark. Half an hour in the company of [B]Larry Lean[/B] explains absolutely everything...
Annie Christian are from Scotland and they are responsible for a terrific song called 'The Other Way' which, as marginally angsty latterday powerpop goes (ie very fast and exceptionally melodious, with weepy lyrics) is on a par with Ash's 'Girl From Mars' or 'You & Me Song' by The Wannadies. They are about to tour with Echo & The Bunnymen. This bestows a certain coolness upon the foursome which is promptly undermined by singer Larry Lean.
All gushing enthusiasm and puppydog guile, in between crashing riffs Larry throws catastrophic cutesiepie theatrical shapes, not unlike Betty Boop auditioning for Steps at a swingers' party. Certain industry onlookers are perplexed as to just why Annie Christian have yet to truly make their mark. Half an hour in the company of Larry Lean explains absolutely everything. Prannie Christian, anyone?
Sultry Swedes Kent (pictured) have no such image problems - chiselled of cheekbone, moody of demeanour and dynamic of chord, they are impeccable in the sense that they represent a major marketing tyke's dream vision of an 'alternative' rock band come true. Also, much like Annie Christian, they are blessed with a mammoth tune ('If You Were Here') which sounds 'utterly' 'fab' on XFM, and a badger's setload of other songs which aren't anywhere near as good.
And, uh, that's it: apart from a stupendously crap cover of Depeche Mode's 'Stripped' Kent's intensely dull Scandinavian take on Radiohead's muse invokes no feelings other than 'I want to go home now,' and 'in fact, if I don't go home right now I might have to chew off my own kneecaps.' Which, if nothing else, makes us feel just like Mr Potato Head. And you don't say that every day.
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