Doppelganger

Meet Your Evil Twin

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"Modern Angel" explodes off the first track of this CD with splendid power and a mature grasp of what constitutes a rock hook. Doppelganger are the Runaways all grown up; three gals and a guy forging a sound that brings the best elements of the new wave into the 2000s. The ten original songs by guitarist/co-vocalist Joan Sceline on Meet Your Evil Twin have dark overtones which are brought out nicely by the crisp production/engineering of John X. "Melancholy Is Red" has that Moe Tucker boom boom sound on the drums with bubbling Roy Felig keyboards. Where Joan Jett has a tendency to get cutesy, Doppelganger forget all about cute. It's as serious as the Doors when Morrison would go off on his "When the Music's Over" tirade, but this somewhat gothic crew are smart enough to stay within the confines of pop structure, and that is one of their great strengths. "Melancholy Is Red" concludes like a psychedelic lament after the glory of "Modern Angel" changing the pace when "Wasted Days" clicks on, and nicely keeping the listener off balance. "Ebony" haunts while "Fill My Cup" mixes the grunge of the Seeds with a touch of techno. Joan Sceline is a formidable songwriter, and the team of drummer Sheri Kaplan, bassist/vocalist Janna James, and Roy Felig on additional guitar and keys work in unison to deliver her musical and lyrical vision. Make no mistake, this is a group of great significance with something to say. If there's any justice in the music business, they'll get a long term deal on a major to continue publishing their philosophy and expression. "Mad Sky," the single, features original drummer Eric Blitz. He also appears on "Sanctuary," "Throwing Stones," and "Wasted Days." Meet Your Evil Twin deserves some kind of recognition -- it's a work of rock & roll art that not only stands up to repeated spins, it's a disc you'll find yourself playing more often than not.

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