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Passionate post-glam indie-rock expressly for punks who like a little glitter in the gutter.
With absolutely no shame and just the right amount of irony,
Cobra Verde embrace classic-rock posturing with all of its messy
emotional overreach, wanky-yet-tasteful guitar solos and bombastic
songcraft. Fortunately, Cobra head John Petkovic and four of his pals
-- who have been cranking out smart glosses on old forms since the mid-'90s,
reaching an apex on 1999's brilliant "Nightlife" -- are convincingly good
at bringing arena-size pomp to underground rock clubs. Petkovic is fond of
glam's cartoonish metaphors ("Modified Frankenstein," a muted New York Dolls moment)
and fondness for storytelling (the Bic-lighter power ballad "Throw It Away").
The title "To Your Pretty Face" telegraphs the record's glammest moment, but all of
"Easy Listening" glitters in the spotlight. -- Joe Gross
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