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"Pete." (Warner Bros.)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Pete is a band with a good sound. The guitars are strong, the performances are charismatic, the musicianship tight.

The problem is that Pete's songs aren't exactly fresh or exciting. Although the album begins well enough with "Sweet Daze," (a song that brings to mind Ozzy-led Sabbath) and "Drugstore Alibi" (with its solid rollicking chords) it doesn't go far from there. Things seem to begin to blur at that point and, when all is said and done, nothing really stands out.

In all fairness, "Pete" is the kind of CD that might grow on you after multiple plays, during which you'll have the opportunity to separate and appreciate each tune. The elements are there, they just don't gel immediately. I'm listening to the CD for the third time through as I write this review and I've already increased my rating from two chainsaws to two and a half. Still, the latter part of the CD does tend to fade.

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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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