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  • Lustre [A&M, 1996] C-

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Lustre [A&M, 1996]
"What these boys do is what they call muscle pop. Turned up axes, muthafied drums and some soul-waking [get this--ed.] sweet-Jane vocals, shaken and stirred, slurred and purred . . . " Never blame a band for its press release, right, but having ingested the music first, I'll swear they're even worse than this all-purpose so-square-they're-hip. North Carolinans, drummer from Antiseen ("That's why you never pick up a drummer, dear--there's no telling where he's been"), other two coy about pedigree and (probably) too young for Bread or Journey, which are far more plausible analogies than the Teenage Fanclub and (get this) Husker Du Billboard supposedly came up with. My guess: roadies from Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra getting greedy. The New South! C-