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Bombardero (Slick Monkey)

Twin guitars head up the charge with '70s-styled harmonics and solos. Keyboards fill in with ghostly fog and analog weirdness. The rhythm section stays speedy and tight. Too often it sounds as though this Toronto band only wants to recreate a bygone era, its heroes---Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy, early Judas Priest and also Edgar Winter, whom they cover on the album. And they come dangerously close to sounding like Nickelback ("Piece of the Action"), saved only by a better sense of rhythm and tempo. Still, the title track and its counterpart, "Bombardero II," show there's more than imitation; a little less brash balls, a little more variance in melody, mood and nuance.

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