GROVELERS, THE: Cream City Nights: CD

I’m not sure how to come at this one. On one hand this is really well played and recorded bluesy rock, but on the other hand the singer’s voice is over the top cartoonish. It doesn’t quite connect for me. My first thought when it comes to the vocals was Matt from Gas Huffer or John from Claw Hammer. The difference with those bands is that the music is suitably dirty and trashy to accommodate the vocal weirdness. With The Grovelers, the music is so clean and well produced that this guy’s vocals almost scare you when they kick in. It’s jarring to the point where I stopped enjoying. –Ty Stranglehold (Self-released, thegrovelers.com)