Baby Strange
"Put Out"

(Primary Voltage 2004)Baby Strange - Put Out

Had the Rolling Stones formed during the Britpop peak of the 90s, they may have resembled the Boston rock and rollers Baby Strange. Full of energy as lead guitarist Hugh Wyman's effective guitar hooks soar through the melodies and drummer Ryan Ennis batters his kit endlessly, Baby Strange's album "Put Out" is seemingly bursting at the seams as it balances full instrumentation with smooth, melodic vocals.

Instantly catchy, title track "Put Out" pounds loudly and sets you moving with its infectious melody while Baby Strange singer Eric Deneen does his best Mick Jagger, bordering on shrieks at some points, on the high energy rhythm of "Your Favorite Song." Wyman's guitar hook echoes Oasis as it meticulously squeals and slides all the way through "Everybody Wants You." Meanwhile "Nobody Knows You (Like I Do)" throbs heavily and loudly with heart before segueing into the quick moving instrumentation of "Everywhere I Go."

The flair of the Stones adds character to "Broken Heart Machine" as it bounces along, upbeat and bright before the angrier "Hot Damn" where Deneen declares bitterly, "I didn't have nobody to speak of except my back stabbing girlfriend and she's a back stabber." Power ballads pop up here and there as "Suicide Girl" endears with its catchy melody and the full melody of "Jukebox Queen" sweeps the listener away with slide guitar and the measured guitar work on "Cynthia" adds to the otherwise soft tune.

Classic rock influences can practically be counted on Baby Strange as they evoke the musical spirits of chart toppers of the 60s and 70s. Undoubtedly, "Put Out" will probably be relegated to comparisons to modern peers like Jet, The Vines and other bands. But those comparisons are, frankly, not unfounded but also not necessary. Baby Strange's album "Put Out" is not focused on a single song that is destined to be a break away hit. Instead, "Put Out" is well-rounded and likable throughout as it rocks and rolls its way with that classic edge when pop was not such a dirty word.

B+

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