MEOWS, THE: At the Top of the Bottom: CD

Wow. The best record that I’ve heard this year. Pure rock‘n’roll with strong elements of the garage. This is one of those rarities in which a band is able to take a classic format—the three chord tune with lots of vocal harmony—and make it sound fresh and inventive at all times. Strong hints of very early Aerosmith and the legends of the late ’50s, but at no point does this record sound rehashed. While the Meows may be happily doffing their caps to such predecessors, they’ve come up with something that is completely their own.

 –Eric Carlson (No Tomorrow)