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Audioslave  - Revelations  -  -  - Epic  -  - Sounds like: Rage Against the Machine Lite -  - Short take: Keeping the grunge dream alive -  - This album is, basically, more of the same from the - Rage-meets-Soundgarden outfit. You get a hooky, rock- - radio-friendly track in "Revelations"; a Tom Morello wah- - wah jam, "One and the Same"; some funk in "Broken - City"; and abrasiveness in "Shape of Things to Come." - The outfit is still creatively potent, but conspiracy - theorists will say the inclusion of the heartfelt "Nothing - Left to Say but Goodbye" marks the end of the quartet. - The fact that Audioslave has already publicly stated it - will not be touring behind Revelations this year - doesn't bode well for the future. Considering today's 3- - Doors-Down-meets-Nickelback rock world, let's hope - Audioslave's revelation is that it won't be going into exile - anytime soon. " John Benson
  • Audioslave

    Revelations

    Epic

    Sounds like: Rage Against the Machine Lite

    Short take: Keeping the grunge dream alive

    This album is, basically, more of the same from the Rage-meets-Soundgarden outfit. You get a hooky, rock- radio-friendly track in "Revelations"; a Tom Morello wah- wah jam, "One and the Same"; some funk in "Broken City"; and abrasiveness in "Shape of Things to Come." The outfit is still creatively potent, but conspiracy theorists will say the inclusion of the heartfelt "Nothing Left to Say but Goodbye" marks the end of the quartet. The fact that Audioslave has already publicly stated it will not be touring behind Revelations this year doesn't bode well for the future. Considering today's 3- Doors-Down-meets-Nickelback rock world, let's hope Audioslave's revelation is that it won't be going into exile anytime soon. " John Benson

The Whigs  - Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip  -  -  -  - ATO  -  - Sounds like: A smorgasbord of indie rock -  - Short take: Clap Your Hands Say Whigs -  - Aside from thoroughly pissing off fans of the Afghan - Whigs for stealing the band's identifiable nickname, - Athens, Ga.-based trio The Whigs has re-released one of - the more compelling albums of 2006. Remember what - it's like to become organically obsessed with an album? - This trio's debut, a mature rock release, combines just - enough angst and engaging songwriting to cement a - love affair upon each listen. From the subtle inclusion of - horns on "Can't Hear You Coming" to the lazy approach - of "Violet Furs" and the Teenage Fanclub-inspired - "Written Invitation," Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip - satisfies. Get in line now for a big fat lip of rock - greatness. " John Benson
  • The Whigs

    Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip

    ATO

    Sounds like: A smorgasbord of indie rock

    Short take: Clap Your Hands Say Whigs

    Aside from thoroughly pissing off fans of the Afghan Whigs for stealing the band's identifiable nickname, Athens, Ga.-based trio The Whigs has re-released one of the more compelling albums of 2006. Remember what it's like to become organically obsessed with an album? This trio's debut, a mature rock release, combines just enough angst and engaging songwriting to cement a love affair upon each listen. From the subtle inclusion of horns on "Can't Hear You Coming" to the lazy approach of "Violet Furs" and the Teenage Fanclub-inspired "Written Invitation," Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip satisfies. Get in line now for a big fat lip of rock greatness. " John Benson

Lucero  - Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers -  -  -  - Liberty & Lament/ East West -  -  - Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen meets The - Black Crowes meets two packs a day -  - Short take: Overproduced -  - If there's one note that Lucero always hits, it's drunken, - forlorn love on the run. Frontman Ben Nichols' rusty, - punk alt-country twang begs "I can get us outta here - tonight / come on, along, come on" so convincingly that - I found myself stuffing my backpack. Though whiskey - and long nights have remained kind to Memphis' heroes, - Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers falls short of - earlier abrasive-lullaby albums. The central difference is - in the addition of piano and B3 organ tracks, laid down - by Cat Power's keyboardist, Rick Steff. Though the lyric - style and Southern rock guitar ballads remain true, the - ivory drastically changes the band's dynamic. Many fans - will cry love; I say let's just be friends for now.  - Matthew Schniper
  • Lucero

    Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers

    Liberty & Lament/ East West

    Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen meets The Black Crowes meets two packs a day

    Short take: Overproduced

    If there's one note that Lucero always hits, it's drunken, forlorn love on the run. Frontman Ben Nichols' rusty, punk alt-country twang begs "I can get us outta here tonight / come on, along, come on" so convincingly that I found myself stuffing my backpack. Though whiskey and long nights have remained kind to Memphis' heroes, Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers falls short of earlier abrasive-lullaby albums. The central difference is in the addition of piano and B3 organ tracks, laid down by Cat Power's keyboardist, Rick Steff. Though the lyric style and Southern rock guitar ballads remain true, the ivory drastically changes the band's dynamic. Many fans will cry love; I say let's just be friends for now. Matthew Schniper

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