TJ CABOT AND THE ARTIFICIAL REJECTS: Self-titled: LP

This LP has its foot on the accelerator for the punk’n’roll crowd. The second song on the album, “Numb the Mind,” is a real slammer. The two-minute opus opens on a playful chuggy riff you wish you’d thought of, evolves nicely into ratchet speed, then devolves into chaos. “Occipital Neuralgia” steers the album to a series of one-and-a quarter minute blasts of speedy downstroke riffs. “It Ain’t Fun in the City of Whiplash” is a surprisingly excellent slow jam with a hammer. It’s sung well and plays familiar but not contrived. Well, maybe a little contrived, but you won’t mind. It’s a real winner for lovers of the hot blast. Highly recommended. –Billups Allen (Alien Snatch, aliensnatch.de)