Burning Sensations

Burning Sensations

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Burning Sensations' self-titled debut combines a jaunty blend of Caribbean, Latin, and African textures, all delivered with a dose of good old bar-band muscle and a great sense of fun. Lead vocalist, guitarist, and chief songwriter Tim McGovern (ex-Pop and ex-Motels) guides the band through a unique collection of songs that somehow manage to be evocative of both Mondo Bongo-era Boomtown Rats and Golden Age of Wireless-era Thomas Dolby. Rockers like "Sea Shanty" and the rousing hit single "Belly of the Whale" sit nicely among more slick-sounding numbers like "Maria (You Just Don't Know What You're Dealing With)" and the Los Lobos-meets-Oingo Boingo throb of "Envy." Throughout the album, heavily treated guitars and alternately rhythmic and atmospheric keyboards tastefully mix with organic and electronic percussion elements, adding plenty of groove and drive without cluttering up the arrangements. It is this, more than anything, that serves to separate the group from the overindulgent, hippie-jam ethnicity that seems to pervade so many other bands with similar, pan-cultural sensibilities: Burning Sensations actually rocks.

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