GARY ROBERT AND COMMUNITY: Isolation: LP

This post-punk band from Missouri is at its best when the songs are miserable and hopeless sounding, coming across like a really dour-sounding mix of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed doing Joy Division covers. The more upbeat songs take on a different feel with less discernable vocals that still have a slight Iggy influence; no less enjoyable, just different. Those comparisons aside, there’s definitely a ’70s vibe going on here in a “guitar rock record” kind of way, while carefully knowing exactly when to say when with the rock bravado. This was a pleasant surprise all around. Recommended! –Mark Twistworthy (Yet You, garyrobertandcommunity.com)