ThE fLEsh EATERs

I Used To Be Pretty 6/10

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in­flu­en­tial scen­esters re­group with old friends

On the band’s first al­bum for 15 years, chief Flesh Eater Chris Des­jardins re­assem­bles the lineup that played on the high-wa­ter­mark 1981 re­lease A Minute To Pray, A Sec­ond To Die. That means room for il­lus­tri­ous LA mover/shak­ers Dave Alvin on gui­tar and John Doe on bass, who rel­ish dress­ing up in punk-ish psy­chobilly threads again for high-oc­tane howls (“My Life To Live”), swamp­mired garage rock (“The Youngest Pro­fes­sion”) and ur­ban gothic grooves (“She’s Like Heroin To Me”). Rough­hewn thrills abound, re­call­ing the front­man’s heady days at the helm of the in­flu­en­tial Slash fanzine and la­bel em­pire.

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