The Streamers

This Is Not Material World

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The Streamers, led by Serbian expatriate singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Yoxovic, are the umpteenth rock & roll band of the last 40 years determined to re-create the sound of British Invasion hard rock music of the period 1964-1966. In "Again on the Road," the Streamers unabashedly ape the Kinks of "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night"; "Silver Birds in Yellow Sky" recalls the Beatles' "Rain" right down to the backward-tape effect at the end; and "God Save the Radio" borrows its style from the Rolling Stones. Or the New York Dolls. Or any number of other performers over the years. Yoxovic sings in the standard adenoidal whine, the distinguishing characteristic of his voice being the Eastern European clip to his consonants. His origins also show through in the occasionally awkward phrasing of his lyrics, which can be appreciated even in titles such as "Again on the Road" and "This Is Not Material World." The dirty garage rock of the '60s is a perennially welcome sound in popular music; those driving electric guitar chords simply move listeners of each succeeding generation. And the Streamers know how to play those chords as well as anyone. The question is, why would you need to buy this album if you already owned, for example, The Kinks' Greatest Hits! or even New York Dolls?

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