Kingdom Day

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The Droogs' sophomore effort is a less overtly nostalgic affair than their previous work, forsaking the garage for a sound balancing electric and acoustic guitars while retaining Ric Albin's vocal growl as the music's focal point. Stuffing R&B and boogie overtones into their brand of rock, the band also draws on guitarist Dave Provost's days with the Dream Syndicate with the addition of some fuzzy, psychedelic fretwork, most notably on "Stranger in the Rain." The record's sole cover, of Peter Case and Jeffrey Lee Pierce's "Call Off Your Dogs," is also Kingdom Day's most overt link with the Droogs' proto-punk past.

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