"Don't you know what the time is?/ It's the fall of rock and roll," proclaims singer-guitarist Russell Marsden on "Fires," this disc's slow-burning standout. But the future of rock and roll is in good hands with Band of Skulls, the best new British band since Arctic Monkeys. In fact, this trio—in which Marsden shares lead vocals with bassist Emma Richardson—echoes the Monkeys on tracks like the thumping "Hollywood Bowl." Elsewhere, they evoke Kings of Leon and, in some moodier moments, Radiohead. Awesome.
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