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The Criminals
Burning Flesh and Broken Fingers (Adeline Records)

By: Jeb Branin

Jesse Blatz Luscious and company are back with another example of why punk rock is still capable of ripping you a new one. Nobody sounds snottier than Jesse and with THE CRIMINALS he has a band that record after record matches his attitude and angst at every turn. The latest felony "Burning Flesh and Broken Bones" is possibly the greatest caper the band have committed to date. Anger and attitude tempered by music that is flat out FUN. Even when the lyrics are gut wrenching personal testaments the music provides a counterpoint of upbeat (albeit aggressive) hooks. Fools who think that for punk to be catchy it has to be poppy need a dose of THE CRIMINALS rammed down their throats.
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