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The Flaming Sideburns
Save Rock 'n' Roll (Jetset Records)

By: Alex Steininger

With a record entitled The Flaming Sideburns Save Rock 'N' Roll, you better be able to make good on your claim, or suffer the wrath of many a rock critics. But with equal parts Stooges and Rolling Stones, The Flaming Sideburns somehow re-channel the great garage-rock explosion of the 60's and 70's and blast it out with '00 style, creating a sonic blend of melodic know-how and blazing guitar smarts. This is what bands like The Strokes strive for but fall short, with not enough rock 'n' roll blood and not enough pop appreciation to really drive it home. Fuck, if the Flaming Sideburns were any hotter, they'd melt. I must thank The Flaming Sideburns for contributing significantly in the fight to save rock from the hands of corporate tool bands - but we won't mention any names. I'll give this an A.
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