Wednesday, April 7, 2010

$ by Mark Sultan

Canadian rocker Mark Sultan’s sophomore solo outing $, is an assault on the ears. A hybrid of nostalgic doo-wop and noise-laden garage rock back Sultan’s soulful vocals in an abrasive, but not entirely unpleasant way. Similar to indie darlings The Raveonettes, Sultan’s songs are filled with dark lyrics accompanied by the retro vibes of greaser bike gangs and drive-in theater. Songs like “Ten of Hearts” wouldn’t be out of place at a malted-milk bar of America’s golden past. “Status” starts fast with a guitar riff that makes you want to hop into your muscle car and speed down to lover’s lane. If you can get past the occasionally coarse use of noise, this will make an excellent addition to any rock n’ roll collection.


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