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Heart Of Oak by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

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Reviewed on 1st June 2003.


Heart Of Oak

By Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Ted Leo is a famous man. Or so he seems. A stable in the US hardcore scene he fronted in many renowned bands, most notably CHISEL, until going solo with The Pharmacists in '97. Having won a large fanbase in previous incarnations, the recent inclusion of opener proper on this album "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone," on recent trendy compilation "Yes New York" is sure to win him hordes of new fans. This song rushes along with fuzzed up bass and cracking guitar riffs.

It's hard to place the sound, a more updated, less grungy Dinosaur Jr perhaps? A ruffed up fuzzed up version of great British bands like The Delgados. If that makes any sense at all. A less obtuse Aerogramme perhaps? Whatever you compare them to, it's a great band with a little something extra. It's a long time since I've enjoyed an album for it's great songs, clever lyrics and general rockness of it all. It's a hard one to call this but it's clever without being arty, rocking without being noisy, and poppy without being pop. And when they play The Cockpit with Britain's greatest songwriters - Pylon, it'll be greatest night Holden DeForge ever missed. Unless he comes down, cos he really should.



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