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CD Review: Tape-Toons

Gravel Love

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Channeling alt-rock's '90s glory days, Kent's Tape-Toons sound like a blast from the grungy past on their debut album. "Walk the Dog" and "Settle Down" incorporate elements from the Pixies' hookiest cuts, and "She Drove a Spike" pairs Nirvana-like energy with the Butthole Surfers' goofy freefall. Gravel Love hinges on frontman Andrew Bittaker's lazy vocal style, which is well-suited to the band's churning psychedelic dirges. His hoarse voice is especially effective on "Green River," the album's closer. Tape-Toons borrow and steal a lot from Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. here, but there are worse bands from the era you could pilfer from. Right, Blind Lemon? Niesel

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