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Lost City Angels
Broken World
Universal Records
www.lostcityangels.com


There are very few young bands that come along that immediately create a feeling of musical nostalgia while simultaneously being highly creative and original. Lost City Angels has succeeded in being just such a band. The music reminds me of old-school Social Distortion, back before they became a rockabilly band - when Mike Ness was still fond of (screaming) intelligent lyrics to high-energy punk-post-punk rock music. And there are brilliant moments of All and Descendants style punk, but without the distinctive west coast flavor, as this band is most assuredly east coast. Songs like "Buried On The Floor" and "I'm Trying" are filled with the kind of guitar riffs that make rock songs transcend the ordinary and become timeless classics. LCA have a unique penchant for creating highly rhythmic and musical rock music that comes complete with punchy bass lines, crunchy guitars, and tight drumbeats. Vocals range from the screaming mish-mash of "Tonight's The Night" to the more melodic actual singing of tracks like "Cuts And Blood". Guitars are almost always heavy, and filled with the just the right amounts of distortion and drive to perfectly offset the pounding rhythm section. Even on songs like "Clutching At Shadows", when the band puts on its best Metallica face and launches into artsy near-metal riffing, you won't find screaming guitar leads. And unlike most modern "punk" bands (you know who you are) you won't find wimpy AAA radio friendly hits on Broken World, not even diced in amongst the killer tracks. What you will find is quality, endearing rock for those that are young, or young at heart, and have the ears to handle it. This album is not meant to be played quietly. So don't try to.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Liberation
2. Final Wish
3. Pretty War
4. Buried Dreams
5. Faithless On The Floor
6. Broken World
7. I'm Trying
8. Clutching At Shadows
9. Lips
10. Tonight's The Night
11. Cuts And Blood
12. Today's The Day
13. Hardly Seems


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