Saturday, May 02, 2009

Fuzz Manta - Smokerings

Fuzz Manta
Bad Deal

When it comes to dirty fuzz rock, it’s always nice to hear some estrogen mixed in with all that hairy testosterone. Denmark’s Fuzz Manta is fronted by raspy-voiced Lene Kajer Hvillum, and it’s damn clear she is in charge, bubba. And a good thing, too, as the band’s grungy riff rockers, while solid, aren’t particularly distinctive – it’s Hvillum’s colorful, self-confident delivery that puts these tracks across. What does it feel like to be in control? she asks in Mysterious Thoughts, but she doesn’t sound like she means it – she’s the only one with her finger on the trigger, and that’s the way we like it.

- Michael Toland

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