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Gear Blues

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Gear Blues

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
genre:
Rock

We gave it a B+

With Gear Blues, first released in Japan in 1998, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant migrates from being Japan’s best rock band to a player on the world stage. The disc also shakes the group loose from some of its more primitive British/Australian punk influences. The quartet is at its best on ”Smokin’ Billy” and ”Free Devil Jam,” when vocalist Yusuke Chiba and guitarist Futoshi Abe are playing fast and hard. But the slow blues ”Hotel Bronco” disappoints. When a later, better album, Casanova Snake, gets a foreign release, TMGE’s global status will be secure. B+