Basement 69

Torn, Worn and Full of Holes

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It's all been done before, really, but it's done here rather well. The London band's first recording, done before there was a permanent drummer, had just American expatriate vocalist/guitarist Mike Militello and bassist Adrian Emsley handling all of the non-percussion material. The results dip into everything from psych-fried T. Rex glam stomp ("Mother Nature," "Junky") to amusingly winsome power pop with garage leanings ("Superstar"). Militello initially sounds like Liam Gallagher with echo, but in truth he's got a fine, lower singing voice that he occasionally invests with the right amount of raunch -- "Naked to You" lives up to that description both sonically and lyrically. The trio of female backing singers adds an extra kick to the proceedings here and there, though they're buried a bit too much in the mix. Basement 69 have some way to go before they're more than simply enjoyable, but on that level alone the signs are promising.

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