The Boxmasters


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It's hard not to see Modbilly as a do-over of the Boxmasters' 2008 debut. Like that eponymous record, 2009's Modbilly is a double-disc set comprised of one disc of originals and one disc of covers of classic '60s rock, pop, and country tunes. Like The Boxmasters, sonically it's hard to tell the differences between the originals and the covers, since every song has been given a trashy treatment equal parts garage, British Invasion, and country that the band has dubbed, well, "modbilly." As a cold description, this modbilly beat sounds pretty interesting, especially because the group goes to great pains to rearrange many of its covers, but as an album Modbilly drags, offering endless permutations of the same plodding boogie. It's a purported party that goes on far too long, never changing, never peaking -- just the sound of three guys in sharp suits telling dirty jokes that have punch lines but no setup.

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