May 17, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Arkansas Heat

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Kill Rock Stars
genre
Rock
We gave it an A

— Smoking even the group’s excellent 2000 debut, this lives up to its title. Front-woman Beth is a butch bluesgirl to match Jack White’s femme bluesboy — a punk-schooled, lust-damp shouter from a state that’s birthed many a great crotch-driven American. With a voice triangulating Janis Joplin, PJ Harvey, and Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, she and her overdriven garage trio burn through five joints in under 10 minutes, then cap things with feedback rabble-rousing. A perfectly turned argument for the current EP revival. PUT YOUR FIST IN THE AIR ”(Take Back) the Revolution” is the best new-punk shout-along since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ”Our Time.”

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