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"The Datsuns" (Hellsquad / V2 Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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New Zealand's The Datsuns are pure and simple rock'n'roll. They're your standard combination of crunchy guitars that sometimes stray into stoner territory, lyrics that have to do with sex'n'booze'n'stuff and song construction that never strays far from the standard format. They wear their influences on their sleeves - I hear everybody from AC/DC to ZZ Top in the band's sound and there's a whole lot of bands in between. Surprisingly, the musical brew here is pretty easy to swallow despite it's multitudinous ingredients. 

While they never really slow down, they never really seem to make speed either. That's intentional, I'm certain, because the band is very consistent. They move at their own pace and they know exactly what that pace should be. 

I didn't dislike The Datsuns but they didn't blow me away either. Still, their CD is enjoyable enough that it'll find its way back into my CD player every now and then.

The Datsuns: Christian Datsun; Dolf de Datsun; Matt Datsun; Phil Datsun.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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