Album: Marah

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Marah have been knocking around for 10 years and almost as many albums, but the American band's soul belongs in the mid-1980s: think George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Jason and the Scorchers or The Georgia Satellites. Specialising in boogie-woogie electric blues and redneck country rock, leader Dave Bielanko clearly sees no need to be any less clichd in his lyrics than his band are in their music: it's all "new day rising" and "ring of fire" and other hackneyed doggerel. Marah's longevity presumably proves that there's still an audience for this scuffed, spur-heeled stuff. I ain't it.

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