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The world’s most original cover band, The Detroit Cobras have spent 11 years perfecting their signature blend of garage rock and old-fashioned soul. The M.O. hasn’t changed this time around: re-record great R&B obscurities using amped-up, fuzzed-out guitars in place of piano or brass, speed up the beat to a rollicking stomp, and crown the whole with Rachel Nagy’s sultry, lush pipes. The result is willfully modest rock-and-roll perfection — old-fashioned without being retro, gritty without being sloppy, fragrant with the greasy, scuzzy Essence de Motor City. Gino Washington’s “Puppet On A String” gets a spooky, reverb-heavy treatment, with a menacing male voice barking out commands (“Walk! Talk! Eat! Sleep!”); some nifty Byrds-sounding guitar embellishes the girl-group nugget “Only to Other People,” first recorded by The Cookies; and Dori Grayson’s “Try Love” showcases the gorgeous vulnerability underneath Nagy’s brass. None of these covers treads the same sonic ground as the original, but none feels like a novelty, either; you may never have thought of Leadbelly’s “On a Monday” as a raunchy, kitten-with-a-whip-cracking rockabilly rave-up, but it makes all kind of sense once you hear it.

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They've Done It Again!

In their fourth studio album, their first since "Baby" (2005), The Detroit Cobras have, once again cut a wholy terrific album. "Tied and True" is not as much of a rocker as "Baby" was, any of the others were for that matter, instead we have a truly soulful and passionate album about pisspoor, unhealthy relationships and a woman's lament. All fueled by the terrific instrumental work (including a timpani!) and conveyed especially by Rachel Nagy's Godsend of a voice - you actually feel the hurt inflected in her singing. Calling this album "the Cobras' Grown Up" album is a little erroneous, as they still know how to bring the house down live, but its definitely their most mature work yet, and I can;t wait to see them this summer in New Orleans. Highlights include "The Hurt's All Gone," "Only to Other People," and "As Long As I Have You."

Another great album!

If you love the Detroit Cobras you will LOVE this album! Rachel & her amazing voice do not let you down once! This is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time! VERY refreshing!

Man, I really wanted to love this album....but...... just didn't do it for me like the earlier releases did. Most of the tunes aren't the kind that reach up and grab you the way songs on 'Life, Love and Leaving' and 'Mink Rat or Rabbit' did. I listened to it once, and by the fifth song I was just bored with the whole thing. Maybe -hopefully - it will grow on me after repeated listenings. I still think this is an amazing band with a big future in front of it, and Rachel is without question a powerhouse behind the mic. I sincerely hope they can get the magic back.


Formed: 1995 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

One of the earliest groups to emerge from the Detroit garage rock scene, the Detroit Cobras developed a reputation as the Midwest's finest (and most distinctive) cover band -- while the bandmembers devoted themselves to performing other people's material rather than recycling established hits, the Detroit Cobras dug deep into the well of vintage R&B and primitive rock & roll sides, building an individual identity out of lost classics from the past which they modified to fit their swaggering aural...
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