Paris, Texas

Like You Like an Arsonist

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Wisconsin rockers Paris, Texas may not know who they want to be musically on their sophomore long-player, Like You Like an Arsonist, but it doesn't stop them from dropping one hell of an album. Fusing an early Stone Temple Pilots assault to the quirky leanings of Hot Hot Heat on the undeniably catchy "Bombs Away," the quintet manages to sound downright phenomenal when channeling the Foo Fighters on "Action Fans Help Us." But the latter's hooks and handclaps are only the beginning, as the CD delivers the combination homages of "Rebel Radio," which gives the nod to urgent new wave and North Carolina indie faves the Connells, and the winning "Hip Replacement," a tandem tribute to Eddie Van Halen riffs and the pop pummel of the Figgs. As their moniker implies, these cats are all over the map sonically, but in a really good way, leaving the muscular Arsonist to burn into your memory.

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