6Twenty

6Twenty

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by The D4
     
 

These Kiwis are staunch believers in the theory that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that scream -- an instruction that guitarist-singers Jimmy Christmas and Dion Palmer take to heart in every song on this primal collection. Hewing closely to the traditions of the MC5 and the New York Dolls, the quartet fuseSee more details below

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These Kiwis are staunch believers in the theory that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that scream -- an instruction that guitarist-singers Jimmy Christmas and Dion Palmer take to heart in every song on this primal collection. Hewing closely to the traditions of the MC5 and the New York Dolls, the quartet fuse slashing riffs to rhythms that have a bit more swing in the hip than most nouvelle garage-ists. There's attitude to spare in songs like the badass opener "Rock 'N' Roll Motherf--ker," an anthemic call-to-arms that'll make even the wimpiest rock geek feel like taking on The Man. The careening path is pretty relentless from there, with sharply clipped sneerfests, such as the small-town breakout rant "Get Loose," and swaggering lust paeans, such as the insidious "Rebekah," providing a note-perfect combination of tension and release. The band earn a merit badge for honoring one of their biggest influences -- namely, Johnny Thunders -- without unnecessary genuflection on a white-hot cover of the Heartbreakers' "Pirate Love." 6Twenty is one of those increasingly rare discs that can satisfy both the brain and the gut, not to mention the workout it provides for the sweat glands.

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Take the Nuggets-era psychedelic garage guitar attack of the Seeds, the Standells, or the Amboy Dukes, add some Stooges proto-metal and early Brit pub-punk from Eddie & the Hot Rods, then turn it up to 11. Welcome to the D4's world. Unkempt, grimy, and noisy as hell, this New Zealand quartet isn't doing anything that hasn't been done before; they're just doing it louder, faster, and with a heart full of soul. These 13 songs (and three videos) encompass all that any lover of '60s garage rock slobbers for. Jackknife guitars spar with nasal, half sung/shouted vocals and a nonstop nothin'-left-to-lose attitude you thought died with the last great Iggy Pop album. The D4 weren't the only band revisiting this raunchy retro sound in 2002, but on 6Twenty they do it as well, if not better, than as anyone else. Not a hint of pretense makes even the most formulaic tunes and lyrics ("Little Baby," "Party," "Come On!") seem inspired if not quite inspirational. Like the Ramones, this is rock meant to sucker punch listeners in their guts, firing on all six cylinders in a volcanic volley of hooky riffs and simplistic choruses you'll swear you've heard before. Hot, sweaty, and frantic, the D4 have learned their lessons well. It ain't nothin' but a party so enjoy it now and think about it later.

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Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616238825
catalogNumber:
162388

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