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Mooney Suzuki
Electric Sweat

Wow! If you thought Mooney Suzuki's Estrus debut, People Get Ready, rocked, Electric Sweat will blow you away. Something happened to the New York City foursome since last year. They're still loyal to '60s-ish straight-ahead swaggering rock ;n' roll. But writing songs more fluid, intricate and infectious than ever before, lead Sammy James Jr. is on fire. And igniting the flame is guitarist Graham Tyler, whose spiraling, ear-tickling riffs alongside James Jr.'s sneering wails take you back to the mesmerizing and awe-inspiring days of Page and Plant (fine, so I'm not quite old enough to have been there, but you catch my drift).

Mooney's garage-influenced, slightly sludgy tunes were decent before, but they didn't have the impact of the 10 thunderous tracks off Electric Sweat. And I bet producer Jim Diamond — who's known for producing the White Stripes, The Dirtbombs and The Go — is at least partially responsible for the improvement. Recorded at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, the band's second full-length bleeds raw energy, soul and power. Driven by catchy hooks and lines that run together like watercolor, "In A Young Man's Mind" finds the singer reminiscing: "I remember the day/ It was in the second grade /Well I was in love with every band/ I couldn't get enough/ ... A kid with a guitar/ Monkey see/ Monkey do/ Wanna be like Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and Hendrix too."

Opening with the back-porch, twangy acoustic guitar and some good-time-havin' handclaps, "Oh Sweet Susanna" feels like a lost gem from the '60s, with its sex-oozing Mick Jaggeresque vocals and sweet, down-home rhythm & blues. And what true rock album would be complete without the heart-wrenching ballad? As cheesy as the ballads have come to feel, "The Broken Heart" is actually quite moving. Augmented by the cries of the organ and using a lullaby-style melody common to dozens of love songs, the ballad is sad, touching and cleverly written: "Broken bells/ No they won't ring today / No the broken piano won't play/ The oak's broken branch can't grow no/ And the broken motor just don't go," James Jr. sings before shifting to a hopeful tone: "And sunlight can make storm clouds fade away/ The brightest diamonds can be made from lumps of broken coal/ And the broken heart can be made whole."

And Mooney Suzuki — playing their hearts throughout this gem of an album — are certainly closer to becoming whole.

by Jenny Tatone

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