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The Snitches
Star Witness (Write Off/Oh! Tonito/Universal)

By: Cam Lindsay

Conceived in 1993, Montreal's The Snitches are here with their first major-label album at the right time. Now that The Hives and The White Stripes seemed to have paved a way for energetic and intelligent punk rock in the mainstream, The Snitches can take full advantage of it. They sound nothing like those two bands and instead sound more like the high school troublemakers that grew up on The Buzzcocks, The Clash, and Elvis Costello for his melodies. Star Witness, their third album (and first since 1998's Sleepwalker), is the sound of three men that know the sound of rock 'n' roll. The single, "Right Before My Eyes", is easily the album's standout track. Complete with an infectious chorus, the song is a savvy garage rock anthem. Unfortunately, there isn't anything else on the record that lives up to the single's liveliness, but The Snitches aren't about one sound, constantly shifting gears and changing tempos and styles. Star Witness is a solid record by a band that has a lot of potential to try and keep this rock 'n' roll trend going, and hopefully, they will succeed in doing so. Grade: B
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