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Crash Street Kids: Sweet Creatures

Sleaze rock is alive and well with the Crash Street Kids. The Arizona band's fourth concept album(!) albeit an unsettling one about two runaways (possibly both females, if the album artwork is any indication) who fight for survival on the city streets while encountering drug pushers, fellow prostitutes and transvestites is a tour de force full of noisy references to Cheap Trick, Queen, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and even Styx and Enuff Z'nuff, and often in the most unexpected places. Vocalist Ryan McKay boasts the perfect tone, injecting just the right amount of angst and amusement into these 11 songs.

Sweet Creatures deserves more ears that it probably has received since its October 2011 release. Hell, look how long it took me to get to this thing. But the songs here from their killer melodies and harmonies to their memorable guitar solos and dark undertones certainly trump Crash Street Kids' low-expectations name and the album's punkish cover art, which might have been initial turnoffs.

Track Listing:
Act I:
1) Sweet Creatures
2) Asylum
3) Bang, Bang! (You're Beautiful)
4) Sad Julia
5) Bad! Yeah, Bad!
6) 3rd Avenue Vampires
Act II:
7) Mary, Queen of the Rock
8) I Become Death
9) Angel
10) I Was A Teenage Hooker
11) Harlot of the Flies

Added: April 18th 2012
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Crash Street Kids Website
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Language: english

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