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Sweatmaster
Song With No Words
Bad Afro Records
www.badafro.dk


I'm a little disappointed that this album is my introduction to Sweatmaster. Only the first two tracks are original material, and the rest are covers. I'm not usually interested in wasting my time commenting on how some band plays someone else's music, but I will at least say that they do a pretty good job of making their mark on the pre-existing material. "Song With No Words" and "Dirty Little Things" give me enough insight to say that this Finnish band is or should be effectively clawing their way into an already crowded genre with Hives, Strokes, White Stripes, etc. type-bands mining the short & sweet, rock & roll format with varying degrees of garage-rock-lo-fi production. If you're already on the bandwagon, this "more of the same" band should be in your collection. If you're not, but interested, Sweatmaster are really as good a choice as any of the others in this genre, as it hasn't really started to degrade yet from the "if some is good, then more is better" model of "how to drive something into the ground" employed by much of the music industry (although the phrase "perilously close" comes to mind). If you like the songs by the other guys ripped off (aka covered) herein and want to play it safe… are you starting to get the picture?

-JD

Track Listing:

1. Song With No Words
2. Dirty Little Things
3. Mystery (The Wipers)
4. Talk Talk (Music Machine)
5. She Cracked (The Modern Lovers)
6. Where Eagles Dare (The Misfits)
7. I Don't Wanna Hear It (Minor Threat)
8. Rock In The Rain (Money Mark)


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