"21 Powers Street" (Self-produced; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"21 Powers Street" is a gritty, energetic modernization of the classic Rolling Stones sound. The four songs contained on this EP are all stripped down and starkly raw, having that street band sound that bands like the New York Dolls made famous. Of the four, my favorites are "Shake Hands With the Devil," with its bluesy, Thorogood-like vibe and "Shoot My Way to Freedom," which probably comes closest to the classic Stones guitar sound.

On the downside, the songs here don't sound fresh and new. They sound like the songs you've heard played on classic rock radio for all eternity and, although certainly enjoyable, they don't prick up your ears as something unique. Then again, maybe that's the whole point.

The Compulsions: Rob Carlyle - vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar; Georgie Seville - lead and rhythm guitars, background vocals; Abe Frishman - bass; Jimmy Ansourian - drums, percussion, background vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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