"Remedy" (Squint/Curb Records/WB; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Not heavy metal, but close enough to hard rock, Strange Celebrity are a solid-rocking band with an abundance of melody and songs rich enough to get your teeth into, even if they don't make you bang your head.

"Remedy" falls in the same rock'n'roll neighborhood as bands such as Tonic and (these days at least) the Goo Goo Dolls. The songs are all radio friendly, with enough melody to make them globally accessible and never so much crunch or rough edge that they'll be stricken from any station playlists. Fortunately, the songs are well written and performed with enough zeal to take them a notch above the usual, made-for-radio fare.

Strange Celebrity: Luke Brown - vocals, guitars; Rick Wilson - drums; Quinton Gibson - lead and rhythm guitars; Tracy Ferrie - 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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