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Mikki James
Guess What...
Xemu Records

Former Thin Lizard Dawn bassist is still fired up and pissed off

"Guess what?" asks New York City's irascible rocker on his latest album. "Fuck you," he answers. Welcome to the world of Mikki James.

James returns with his third release in a sub-genre that's been described as garage-pop, although there's less grease and grime here than in previous efforts. If anything, the "garage" is in James' brash couldn't-give-a-shit attitude, expelling an energy that at times is both comic and kinetic.

With a running time under 26 minutes, Guess What…barely qualifies as an LP and ultimately feels like an exercise in futility. But in less than half an hour, a charged-up James cranks out 10 quick-n-dirty numbers, complete with fiery roadside rockers and fist-pumping anthems. Throughout these bruisers, James spits his vitriol at the Man and every deceiver, depressive, and delusional who gets in his way. And with sparse lyrics that range from oddly obtuse to angst-ridden ("I nailed your fucking heart to the wall of our disease"), James' sneers through the fish tank and actually recalls the raw, free-swinging vibe of early Nirvana. Suffice it to say that Mikki James is not someone you'd win an argument with.

James is a loose goose content to constantly fly by the seat of his pants. But with his splintery style, you get the feeling that he'll forever be resigned as a sideshow in the underground rock scene.

-Ken Devine

Standout Tracks: "Heaven's A Crush"

Track Listing:
01. Hand On The Goose
02. Guess What
03. Down
04. Heaven's A Crush
05. Can't Get Loose
06. Already Gone
07. In The Zoo
08. Aishah
09. Fire Me
10. The Wrong One

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