Los Gusanos

Los Gusanos

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Anyone who expected Los Gusanos to sound a lot like the Ramones was in for a major surprise upon hearing this self-titled debut album, which was a departure from the type of manic, high-speed punk rock that C.J. Ward had embraced during his years with that band. Singer/bassist Ward doesn't try to emulate Joey Ramone's vocals; nor does he embrace the Ramones' goofy, twisted brand of humor. In short, Los Gusanos is Ward doing his own thing, and on this likable CD, that means simple, aggressive, bare-bones rock & roll that isn't punk rock per se but does express a punkish attitude. Punk prided itself on its lack of slickness, and slickness is the last thing you'll find on unpretentious tunes like "Burnin'," "Dead Man's Curve" and "Helldorado." Although not a masterpiece, this is an album that's effective and rockin'.

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