The Drews

Strategically Interrupted Silence

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Described as "Americana singer/songwriters with twisted roots," the Drews play music based on blues and country licks but their interests are more eclectic, encompassing everything from soul to B-52's-style camp. Their delivery is sincere and direct, and the continually changing styles make for a number of nice surprises. True, some of this is conventional small-time stuff, but "Lager Drinkin' Laggard," "Lloyd's Eyes," and "Ain't Got No Friends" are quite enjoyable and memorable, and there's even an Irish-styled singalong, "Lucky Ones," complete with clever lyrics and a chorus that doesn't sound tired or kitschy. In fact, there's very little one can criticize about the Drews -- they don't overstep their talent, and the record's homespun energy and flow are an unanticipated delight.

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