Robbers on High Street
First Appeared at The Music Box, March 2004, Volume 11, #3
Written by John Metzger
Cracker fans left standing in the cold by the groupís recent rebirth as a country ensemble just might find reason to celebrate the release of Robbers on High Streetís debut Fine Lines. Not that the latter bandís six-song EP is merely a Cracker re-tread, but its alt-rock angst bathed in classic-rock grandeur falls closest to Crackerís own concoctions than anything else. Smatterings of David Bowie, Donald Fagen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles pervade the set as frontman Ben Trokan and guitarist Steve Mercado sculpt songs straight from their boyhood record collections. Nary a track goes by that doesnít wear its many influences on its sleeve, but with fervent vocals and screaming guitars colliding with thrashing drums and throbbing bass, itís impossible not to be moved by the bandís deliriously infectious roar.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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