Cone of Silence

Lift, Twist & Jerk

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Cone of Silence's self-released debut album Lift, Twist & Jerk rocks harder than the average modern power-pop record. As a result, it comes across a little like a diluted Smithereens album -- there are power chords and loud guitars, but the band's overall attack is a little anemic. They care more about the melodies than about rocking (of course, the Smithereens cared about both), and as a result the record sounds a little tamer than any record with all those loud guitars should. Also, the group's melodic sense is still developing -- they have as many hits as misses -- but there are enough good songs here to suggest that they'll come into their own on the next record.

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