Intensity!
Intensity!

Bambi Molesters

Intensity!

1999

Alternative/Indie Rock

The secret ingredient of these Croation surf rock revivalists -- a healthy love for garage rock and moody '60s film soundtracks adding a darker undertow to many of the band's songs -- surfaces here on songs like "Golden Spike." But the basic templates and touchstones remain; that the second song is a cover of surf-rock legend-above-all Dick Dale's "The Wedge" is both perfectly understandable and a great excuse for everyone to go all out.

- Ned Raggett

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Kim Wilde

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1982

Club/Dance

Kim Wilde's second album didn't score any hits on the level of the debut's "Kids in America," although the dramatic "Cambodia" was a sort of cult favorite in some circles. That said, it's a far better album than the patchy debut; the songs are more synth-oriented, at times approaching the dark atmospherics of Japan or Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Wilde sings with a clinical detachment here that suits her voice quite well, with an icy edge that's surprisingly appealing.

- Stewart Mason