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Break­ing the Rule ★★★ Pen­ni­man

The retro soul and funk wave has been good for The Excitements, the Barcelona-based out­fit with a killer live show and a su­perb trump card in Amer­i­can front­woman Koko Jean Davis. Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of hun­dreds of Euro­pean gigs sort­ing out a band’s sound, but this gang also has plenty of smarts when it comes to the ma­te­rial on Break­ing the Rule. Aside from as­tute cov­ers of tracks by Lon­nie Mack and Chuck Berry, The Excitements pen strik­ingly fresh tracks that you as­sume are vin­tage dusty grooves. There’s a fe­ro­cious power and piz­zazz on the likes of Ev­ery­thing’s Bet­ter Since You’ve Gone. Davis’s au­then­tic, gospely holler and the group’s brassy, stomp­ing heft mark them out as an out­fit that doesn’t need any band­wagon to carry them on­wards. the­ex­cite­ments­

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