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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues never sounded so sexy and dangerous, 6 Jun 2009
Scott Coates (Stoke On Trent UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tintype (Audio CD)
The Pack A.D are a blues rock duo (insert White Stripes comparison here),though like Jack and Meg they play scorching blues that kicks the cobwebs out of your mind there is the sinister darker presence of this group. Now I am a huge fan of The White Stripes and other blues rock duo's such as The Black Keys, The Kills and Mr Airplane Man etc but these groups deserve to be judged seperatly and The Pack A.D can certainly stand on there own feet.
Debut album Tintype is a collection of feedback driven powerful blues like the bombastic opener Gold Rush and All Damn Day Long. The darkness is ever present on this record, tracks such as Pilot's Blues and the outstanding Bang which is the album highlight. Tracks such as Stray and Paper Bag are almost damn right dangerous. As well as blues there is the subtle groove of 'Cabin' and the psychedellic hypnosois of 'Bone Handle' which is a fitting close. The piano interludes are a nice touch on a album that is drenched in raw blues carried by Becky Black's howls and Maya Miller's thumping drums. For fans of White Stripes this is an essential purchase as is there superb second album Funeral Mixtape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Bluesy, Garage Rock,, 16 May 2008
William J. Walker "Billyjay" (England) - See all my reviews
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The Pack AD are Becky Black(guitar, vocal,piano) and Maya Miller(percussion)so comparisons to White Stripes/Kills/Black Keys are going to be made. As with those other two piece bands they manage to produce a full and fierce guitar driven attack that doesn't suggest the need for a bass player's support.
I read a review of this album that suggested that the presence of some solo piano pieces marked this band out as 'more than just another retro-blues outfit' but those turned out to be little more than mood changing interludes between tracks. So, having discounted that element, what you are left with is a really very good blues-rock album with a loose n' raw 'garage' feel.
I wouldn't consider myself a 'fan' of this sort of thing but the sheer gusto with which the music is approached, as well as the high quality self-penned songs, definitely lifts this well above the average. I've been playing this a lot in the car and it's a great way to take your mind off the frustrations of rush hour traffic.
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