It's no suprise that the White Stripes have claimed to be fans of The Von Bondies even inviting them to support them on tour, this album bears more than a fleeting resemblance to the White Blood Cells album which opened the flood gates for the 'new retro' bands who have fascinated the British music press. However, this doesn't mean that 'Lack of Communication' fades away into obscurity in comparison to the strokes/ white stripes/ hives phenomena. You see, something sets this album apart. The title track, actually sets the tone for the whole album and instantly a word which can't be used to describe many current bands springs to mind...'Punk.' Not punk as it is used by the modern day American pop bands, rather to describe the truly live, spontaneous sound produced. It's still retro, underproduced rock and roll but heavier, there's something more unusual. The title track set the tone for the rest of the album, the first 30 seconds alone are enough to alert the listener to the fact that this isn't background music, this is to be listened to because while it's not lyrically profound it's also not pretentious and that in itself deserves to be commended. With similar bands flooding the music scene The Von Bondies had to give us a reason to buy this album, and they have. Somehow they picked up on a tiny gap in the market and filled it with this wonderful collection of 11 songs with real energy. The only thing you are left wanting after listening is to see the band perform live.