SOLID ATTITUDE: B.B. Gun Picnic: LP

Snot goes a long way with me. If you feel the same way, you will probably enjoy this album. The vocalist hemorrhages a lot of attitude with a high-pitched wail: one of those shrill vocal attacks that you just can’t fake. The vocals occasionally get into breathy, Iggy techniques. They don’t sound like they’re ripping off The Stooges, but the singer shows the influence once in a while and the band gets the dynamic. It works because they only dip into it a little and it’s effective. The sound strikes me at times as a snottier version of the OBN III’s. When they are not playing in that field, the songs are simple, three-chord drivers with mildly distorted guitars. Works all around. Really nice record.  –Billups Allen (Rotten Tooth; rottentoothrecordings.com)