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Heartless Bastards

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February 14, 2012

"Simple feeling!" shouts Erika Wennerstrom, slurring the phrase until she's slinging gibberish. Um, maybe they aren't so simple? Her band's crushing fourth LP sets the quartet alongside Ohio kin the Black Keys as front-line blues-rock modernists, with her writhing vocals at the center; she works the vowels on "Marathon" with the focus of a woman who knots cherry stems with her tongue. Meanwhile, guitars scald: "Parted Ways" recalls Television's jam punk, "Got to Have Rock and Roll" is muddy-booted glam, "Down in the Canyon" is seven minutes of countrified doom metal. It's lifer rock from a new generation.

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