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The Defectors
Bruised And Satisfied
Bad Afro Records
www.thedefectors.com


Sometimes one song can ruin a good album. Bruised And Satisfied is constructed of some really great Herman Munster meets The Fuzztones twisted silliness, and a few filler garage rock songs ("Baby When You're Gone," "Love Is Evol"). That would all be fine and well and you'd have a perfectly listenable slab... The spoiler is something called "Bring On The Dancing Ghouls," which mucks it all up by being that rarest of all animals, the perfect rock song. It joins The Equals' "Baby Come Back", an eighties Van Morrison piece too sacred to be named, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and The Forgotten's "Keep The Corpses Quite" in the pantheon of bulletproof, everlasting gobstopper of repeated play.

This destroys the whole listening experience as eventually all other tracks (as great as the great ones are, and as filler as the fillers are) become increasingly less appealing. Hearing the replicated theremin is tantamount to tying off and shooting junk. The rush of the kettle drums comes with the release of smartass bouncing bass. The rhythm jerks as the drummer back peddles, writhes and jerks again, and that spooky self-assured voice creeps out from the back of your skull jelly, "Can you feel it? Bring on the dancing ghouls!" Soon the words become commandments, "Alright," you answer back as you prowl the streets for likely undead inductees.

While experimenting with various reactive agents, enjoy the sadistic title track, the antithesis to the masochism of "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Played so slow that you can hear the bass strings change tone as they find their center. Some real fetching Cossack scrubbing on the guitars flesh this one out like that part in Ravel's "Bolero." (or was it "Flight Of The Valkyres"?) "The Final Thrill" involves a spaghetti western showdown between Fields Of The Nephilim and the fictitious Max "Shape Of Things To Come" Frost. Look for killer baritone guitar. The B-movie intro "Welcome All Sinners" plays like the Crypt Keeper leading into the organ-exposing "Creepy Crawl." But mark my words, you'll be back to track 3 before daylight.

-Ewan Wadharmi


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