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The Cutters
In The Valley of Enchantment (Blackjack Humboldt)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

With their sophomore release The Cutters return with a matured sound to their pop punk style of music which made their debut album so addictive. These songs have such a great energy to them, kept new by a level of experimentation that inspired more confident instrumentation like the solo guitar work of "Type A Girl." This album definitely has a different sound then their first album that makes it a joy to discover. Though I have to admit that I love this band so much, I'd be fine with a hundred albums that sound like their first. Angela Brown has that gravel edged voice that makes you think of 40's pin-up jazz singers or dream punk girl fantasies of women dark tattoos, smoking Camel Lights. Tadd Sutera gives an awesome bass line on "Eric's Room" that sets up a great play to show off his work. "Cigarette City" allows them to really get after it with a dirtier sound than usual that they're able to carry off really well. In The Valley of Enchantment is a great strong second album, that shows The Cutters stretching their legs as a band and as musicians. I look forward to their next release, just wondering where the creative effect of this album will carry them. Until then, I'll enjoy the whole experience of this CD. Rating: B
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