"Skin Flicks" (Criterion Records; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

At first, The Knives' "Skin Flicks" sounds like it's going to be just another dose of alternative sponge rock. Tracks one or two emulate the sound of so many other bands out there (i.e., the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age) that you're not sure whether it's worth moving onto the next track or not. I mean, you've heard it all before, right?

Surprisingly, starting with track three ("Can't Find Forgiveness") "Skin Flicks" starts to take off in a slightly but notably different direction. From this point on, the CD has a stronger, straighter rock base and, hence, a sound that's more The Knives than someone else. These last five songs, especially the stoner rock-ish "Shallow Grave," give the CD a much need kick.

Overall, I think fans of modern bands like the aforementioned Foos and QOTSA will find something to like here on "Skin Flicks." It may not be startlingly original, but its certainly worth a listen.

The Knives: Levon - vocals; Briane - guitar; Jonny U - drums; Scott - bass.

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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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