Panic Movement (Sanctuary Records)
By: Cam Lindsay
So The Hiss were part of the NME's big push for rock's continuing domination in 2003, along with bands like Jet and Kings Of Leon. However, if you compare the progress they've had compared to that of their peers, it seems like they've been at a standstill. Panic Movement is the Atlanta-based band's debut and a good reason as to why The Hiss has failed to ignite the sparks that Get Born and Youth And Young Manhood did. Produced by the master of Britrock Owen Morris (Oasis' Definitely Maybe, Ash's 1977, The Verve's A Northern Soul), this album is clear-cut, ballsy rock 'n' roll, yet without any real substance. Glossy, loud and full of the thousand layered overdubs that killed Oasis, The Hiss sound like they're hiding something. Only the opener, "Clever Kicks", brings anything remotely interesting to the board. Everything else seems to move at a humdrum pace and sounds like an Oasis and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cover band jamming without accomplishing anything worth putting to tape. I think it's time to let Jet off the hook for playing the game of mindlessly contrived garage rock and convict these felons.
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