Walking Blind

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Argentine garage rock trio the Tandooris seem to be walking a fine line between the 1960s classicist approach of the early Chesterfield Kings and the Lyres and the more frantic stomp of the Nomads and the Original Sins on their album Walking Blind. Trouble is, they don't quite satisfy on either score -- Dario Georges' guitar figures are just hard enough to make the paisley-clad members of the audience edgy, while the rest of the band doesn't hit hard enough for the leather jacket crowd. Either side (or both) might be more willing to compromise its standards if the Tandooris had more going for themselves musically, but for the most part this is pretty unremarkable stuff -- the songs are largely garage rock by numbers, the playing isn't particularly inspired, and Georges just doesn't cut it as a lead vocalist. (It might help if he weren't singing in English, a language he doesn't sound especially comfortable with, but that still doesn't excuse his flat phrasing and monotonal affect.) There are literally thousands of garage rock albums out there, and Walking Blind would suggest you may as well check out a few hundred others first before the Tandooris become any kind of a priority.

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