Frankie Machine


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An amalgamation of punky post-grunge and heavy power-pop, Frankie Machine's debut album One owes a great deal to Nirvana and the sound (if not quite the skewed sensibility) of early Cheap Trick, but the group doesn't really come off as slavish imitators either. They have a strong melodic sense, as well as excellent taste in cover material, turning in a revved-up version of the Split Enz new wave classic "I Got You" in addition to the album's ten originals. It's a promising debut overall, and with a little surer sense of their own identity, Frankie Machine could really go places.

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