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The Last Silver Special

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The debut effort from one of Toronto's most eclectic rock bands is teeming with soulful rock riffs, a sprinkle of funk, and a heavy dose of Syd Barrett psychedelic rock. Nowhere is this more evident than the winding "Space Is the Place," which has a trace of a British accent in its singing but isn't overt. "Universal Man," which sounds like a cross between the MC5 and the Strokes, demonstrates lead singer Dean Sterling's prowess and adaptability to whatever genre the group attempts. He also succeeds in a Lou Reed homage in "Glory." The only miscue, although a credible effort, is the twangy country saga of "Pale." Mystical Indian influences come to the fore in the instrumentation on "Trite Thomas," but lyrically the song seems tedious and ill-fitting. The group's skill in meshing and splicing styles makes some songs forgettable initially but memorable as they draw to a close, as "Maroon" tends to be. The album is perfect for the acid rock adventurer.