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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Rocket From The Crypt - Group Sounds 2001

What is it?
More from the prolific John Rice/Reese. This is their sixth studio album and probably their best. It doesn’t contain their best song but that will have to wait for another review...
Why should you listen?
As usual for RFTC this is an album of short, catchy little numbers, most clock in at under three minutes. Within the first three songs, in total 6 minutes 30 seconds, you’ll hear some of the best guitar/ horn section/ gravelly shouty fellow/ rock and rolly/ poppy goodness there is going. The album continues in a similar vein with sprinklings of great songs in amongst the good, in particular ‘Venom Venom’ and ‘S.O.S’. The only real duffers are ‘Heart of a Rat’ and ‘Dead Seeds’ but on an album of 16 songs that’s a pretty good hit ratio. If you like one RFTC album you’ll probably like them all.
What’s it like?
Short, sharp, perfectly formed songs incorporating distorted, crunchy guitars, saxophone and a trumpet. The combination of the instruments means I’m instantly sold on the idea. John Rice/Reese’s vocal are the icing on the cake. 
What’s the best track?
‘Straight American Slave’ - under two minutes and with some quality singalong bits. Wasn’t that keen on this from the live R.I.P. album but the album version is strangely better, especially played loud.
Who does it sound like?
Redskins, Night Marchers, Hot Snakes

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