Rock 'n' Roll

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Rock 'N' Roll brings together the best aspects of The Cynics' previous two albums -- R&B roots, psychedelic fuzz, folk-pop, and garage rock -- to produce a cohesive statement. The record, despite its collection of heartfelt ballads, does not contain one single down note. Sure, a lot of fury and pain, but not any grief. While the original compositions on previous Cynics albums were mostly harder-edged as the ballads were mostly covers, here the band has written a killer love song, "Close To Me." But, yet again, the livelier pop songs -- "Girl, You're On My Mind" and "You Got the Love" -- are where The Cynics shine.

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