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Sweatmaster
Tom Tom Bullet
Bad Afro Records
www.sweatmaster.net


Now, this is more like it. The first Sweatmaster album put into my greasy hands was mostly a collection of well-produced cover tunes (Song With No Words), but not much meat to sink into where the band's own creativity was meant to be regarded. Tom Tom Bullet on the other hand has given me a reason to stop caring about the Josh Homme - Nick Oliveri split. Now, I'm not saying that SM sounds exactly like Queens Of The Stone Age, but there is a frenetic urgency in some of these songs that satisfies the sorts of angst that only QOTSA used to be able to quell. This album is also a lot more than the garage-rawk filler I expected it to be. There's some '70s arena rock, and some pop rock in here as well that helps broaden this album's appeal without selling the music short. That ain't easy to do, so I tip my hat to them.

"Song With No Words" was one of the two original tracks from their last release, and they seem to be promoting it pretty heavily here since it's the only video included with the CD. If you look to this track as the bellwether for your purchasing decision I urge you to look elsewhere. This is one of the least interesting songs on the album. It's not bad, but it gets much better than that, so do yourself a favor and listen to a few others if you can find them.

These Finns have put together a pretty good rock album that will doubtlessly not get the full attention it deserves here in the states. But hey, if that ever stopped you before, you wouldn't be here reading this now.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Maggots
2. Last Request
3. Good Looks, Big Deal
4. Dirty Rabbit
5. Alpha Male
6. Evolution Never Came This Way
7. The Kid
8. Song With No Words
9. Kick This Town
10. Dirty Little Things
11. No Accident
12. North East Again


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