Thee Hypnotics

Soul Glitter & Sin, Tales from the Sonic Underworld

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Halfway through "Shakedown," the opening track on Soul Glitter & Sin, Tales from the Sonic Underworld, kick horns are added to a decent Stooges-styled rock riff that Thee Hypnotics are known for. Perhaps the band was attempting to use horns like The Stooges did on Fun House -- a bleating, repetitive, free-form expression -- but Thee Hypnotics' usage of horns on the album backfires, leaving us with songs like "Point Blank 'Mystery'," which sounds like a very bad James Bond theme. Even the relatively straight rock songs, like "Soul Accelerator" and "Coast to Coast," are dull, as James Jones' vocals are buried underneath murky guitar doldrums.