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Redd Kross: Researching the Blues

Last Updated 9/29/2012 1:43:29 PM

By: Paul Barrel

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Researching the Blues


In their first studio album since the wonderful Show World (1997), Redd Kross is back with a chip on their shoulder.

The band has been through their ups and downs … lineup changes, loss of record contracts, death and hiatus. But, they’re back, and they are ready for redemption.

Researching the Blues is everything a Redd Kross fan has been hoping for for nearly two decades: catchy power pop with engaging/entertaining lyrics that keep you focused on the speakers. Plus, as an added bonus, fans are treated to a Neurotica-era line-up of Jeff and Steve McDonald, Robert Hecker and Roy McDonald. The production borders on lo-fi, but with just enough layers to let you know it is late 2012.

Fans of the band will not be disappointed. Standout tracks include “Stay Away from Downtown,” “Dracula’s Daughter,” and “One of the Good Ones.” The McDonald boys truly shine on this album, showcasing their abilities to write infectious, gritty melodies while occasionally pulling back the curtain on their hard rock and surf punk roots.

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