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Album Review

Yet more retro-boogie rock & roll, triangulated approximately between Jet, the Datsuns and My Morning Jacket (in other words, copping licks about equally from vintage Rolling Stones, garage rock and Neil Young & Crazy Horse), the Blackouts' second album is amiable, fitfully entertaining but fundamentally uninspiring. The songs are entirely competent bar band rock, but there's a curious lack of immediacy to the proceedings; songs like the Dream Syndicate-like twangy choogle "Open Casket Access" clearly want to kick out the jams, but Steve Ucherek's lightweight mumble of a voice sounds permanently stuck in Julian Casablancas-style boredom, and he drags the rest of the band down to the same not-quite-there level. One hopes they're better live. (In late 2004, the Illinois-based Blackouts signed to Chicago indie Minty Fresh and changed their name to Living Blue to avoid confusion with a similarly-named band.)

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from Champaign, IL, the Blackouts spent five years in the garage banging out Cramps riffs and perfecting their rock & roll growl before unleashing their debut, Every Day Is Sunday Evening, on the Lucid label. The 2002 album brought the first wave of Strokes, New Bomb Turks, and Mooney Suzuki comparisons in the press, often qualified with phrases like "tougher than…" and "more intense than…." Some picked up on the band's Television influence, while others heard a bit of Neil Young in the...
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