Picks and Pans Review: Pawn Shoppe Heart

UPDATED 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/10/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

The Von Bondies

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The garage-rock revival, which has given us such bands as the Strokes, the Vines and Jet, continues with the major-label debut from this coed quartet. And while Pawn Shoppe Heart doesn't offer anything new to the genre, if s still a raw and rowdy blast. Cranking up the electric guitars, ragged vocals and punky posturing, these Detroit-based rockers maintain their indie cred throughout this disc. As if to show that they haven't lost their edge, the Von Bondies start things off with some guitar feedback before the stomping drums kick in on the rebellious "No Regrets." Then they rip into the boisterous "Broken Man," with its crunching guitars and speedy rhythm, before launching the infectious single "C'Mon C'Mon," which features a memorable bass line and a poplike call-and-response chorus. All that happens in less than seven minutes. Singer-guitarist Jason Stollsteimer, who wrote all but one song ("The Fever," which he co-wrote with drummer Don Blum), delivers his vocals with a primal urgency on cuts such as the bluesy "Mairead" and the intense title track, on which he wails, "I found my heart in a pawn shoppe, baby."


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