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Reviewed on 15th October 2008.



By Ten Kens

Bearing a striking resemblance with fellow Canadian rockers Black Mountain, this Toronto-based outfit's debut release on FatCat compromises of raging distorted guitar, reverb soaked vocals and dark psychedelic passages.

There might not be many uplifting moments to be had here, but it's certainly not all one way traffic. Ten Kens display a tendency to mix things up... beginning with the driving rhythms of opener 'Bearfight' and the pleasing high-tempo mountain rock of 'Downcome Home' this self-titled album gets off to a respectable start. 'Y'all Come Back Now' displays a much more relaxed side to the band and it's probably the closest thing the album has to pop song. Other notable moments include the biting guitar assault of 'The Alternate Biker' and the Band of Horses-like vocals in the warming 'Prodigal Sum'.

Ten Kens self-titled psych-rock venture falls on the positive side of what can only be described as a 'hit and miss' affair - whilst certainly mildly engaging, you might have some difficulty recalling any of the songs once done. Ultimately, Ten Kens might not be quite as endearing of some of their fellow indie natives, but they're still an outfit well worth keeping an eye on.



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