ROCK’N’ROLL MONKEY AND THE ROBOTS: Back to Beatsville: CD

A bit more garagy than I remember their last, Detroit Trauma, being. The sonic edges have been sanded down and the Cramps influence is pumped up, but they have the good sense to pepper the proceedings with enough arty weirdness to keep this from being another faceless fish in a polluted pond. I do miss the abrasiveness of Trauma’s “chopgratewhipgrind,” but this could be much, much worse.

 –jimmy (www.rocknrollmonkey.com)