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At the tone, Bulova watch time is MB36! • TSARBand Girls Money (TVT) :: Led Zeppelin and Cheap Trick ("Everybody’s Fault But Mine") meet Rockpile and Mott The Hoople ("Superdeformed") in a fatal four-way! King, this one promises to be a hellacious slobber knocker, and it’s next! • Shawn DesmanBack For More (Sony/BMG) :: Barry Whiteboy looks like Travis Bickle and sounds like Michael Jacksoff. You were waiting for that, weren’t you? • Ninja GunSmooth Transitions (Barracuda Sound) :: Clever countrified rock at its finest. I laugh every time I hear guitarist Jonathan Coody’s droll delivery when he laments: "My brother’s pushin’ 30 now and I’m at 25. He’s making smooth transitions meanwhile I barely survive. Oh God bless me. God bless me. God bless me." So will you. • Genghis TronCloak Of Love (Crucial Blast) :: Five tracks of speedo shred-metal alternate with pastoral passages in 12:46, which is four tracks and 9:41 too long. • SadaharuThe Politics Of Dancing (CI) :: The politics of, ooooh, screeching like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. The politics of Re-Flex suing your sorry screamo ass for defamation of reputation, uh-huh. Is this message understood? • Los CasualtiesEn La Linea Del Frente (Side One Dummy) :: This blistering Barrio-rockin’ Spanish version of their power-punk album On the Front Line is the missing foreign-language link between Medic Lee Roth’s Sonrisa Salvaje and the Stranglers’ "Sevierge." • SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: The PerishersLet There Be Morning (Nettwerk) :: Too much time to think, too little to do? Let me tell you about Sweden: only country where songwriter Ola Klüft has distilled the heartfelt essence of Pete Townshend, George Harrison and Roy Rogers into an album of exquisite music. • Be seeing you! Jeffrey Morgan is a freelance writer. Send comments to

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