RIPPERS, THE: Better the Devil You Know: CD

Decent early 1960s-influenced punky sort of stuff here. Kind of like a cranked up Rolling Stones before the drugs took hold. The tempos are fast and borderline reckless. They even throw in a harmonica and it sounds pretty good. Not many bands past 1975 can do it convincingly. “The Prey Is In” is a complete scorcher. They pace the record with some mid-tempo burners to keep you from burning you out—though there are times where it kind of bogs down a bit too much, such as “Just for Ten Dollars” (which sounds very Rolling Stones) being followed by “Here Comes the Lunatic.”

 –M.Avrg (Slovenly)