The Rascals


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No wonder Alex Turner adopted Miles Kane as his Mick Talbot for the Last Shadow Puppets: on their 2008 debut, Rascalize, Kane's the Rascals -- sharing the same name as the classic '60s blue-eyed soul group but none of their sound -- come across as the baby brothers to Arctic Monkeys, just like how Talbot's Merton Parkas worshipped the Jam. Turner wasn't recognizing a kindred spirit so much as spotting a lieutenant, somebody who would fall into step behind the leader, carry his luggage if need be. And so the Rascals happily trace the path originally created by Arctic Monkeys, cleanly treading within the outlines left behind by Turner and company so there is no dirt or grit left behind on their boots. Everything on Rascalize is brisk and efficient, offering a bit of melodic joke and a slight hint of snark, but fitting for an album shepherded by a man who was born to follow, it never offers anything that would peskily linger in the memory.

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