NIGHTMEN: Fifteen Minutes of Pain: LP/CD

This is Swedish garage rock’n’roll with hints of power pop and glam which carries a strong 1970s vibe both musically and visually, the latter being highlighted by the picture of the band on the cover. I’ll admit that on the first run through I was unmoved by this as it all seemed a bit messy, but when I was able to give it a more considered listen I was gradually won over. There are plenty of good hooks and tunes to be found—and with three vocalists there is plenty of variety in that respect—helping to add a few different flavors to a fairly basic musical approach. There is one blot on the landscape, though, in the form of some truly dire vocals on “I Need You,” which ruin the song completely. –Rich Cocksedge (Lövely, [email protected], llyrecords.com)