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Slunt - "One Night Stand" (CD)

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"One Night Stand" track listing:

1. When You Like It
2. Mr. One Night Stand
3. Lost Girl
4. Absinthe in Munich
5. Dirty Blonde
6. Need You Tonight
7. Here to Rock
8. Over It
9. Don't Care
10. Give You Love
11. Push

Reviewed by on September 22, 2008

"Hey, at least they have a cowbell."

If Slunt want to play the blues, they should recheck their priorities. Right now, they waste too much time rehearsing their songs. They could spend that time breaking whiskey bottles and throwing up.

That's what's wrong with "One Night Stand," the New York quartet's third album. Slunt set out to play a messy, raucous hybrid of stoner metal, old school hard rock and blues. It all comes together except for the heart. For a band like this to work right, they have to play like they're constantly on the edge of an alcoholic blackout, making up for any lack of creativity with their pure ragged energy. "One Night Stand" makes me wish I was listening to something like Flipper or the Jesus and Mary Chain, bands that can back sludgy riffs with a sense of immediacy and danger.

Slunt aren't posers. Online concert footage is widely available, and they tear into their songs when they get onstage. The band has genuine songwriting talent, and in a live format, they muster the necessary charisma that powers their songs. In particular, vocalist Abby Genet can emote during live performances but you can't say that about her singing on "One Night Stand." Her vocal style is explicit, sensual and confrontational when it works. But more often than not, it feels phoned in, shallow, and insincere.

Strangely, they feel far more authentic and confident when the songs get relaxed and druggy in tone. The verses of "Give Me Love" smoke with restrained passion, for instance, until the chorus rushes right back into mediocre bar-star butt rock. "Over It" is also a standout, owing to the vocals' dynamic range and the band's willingness to slow down and play with texture.

The wishy-washy production, from some guy calling himself Mudrock, who we can apparently blame for Godsmack and Alice Cooper, rarely does anything to help Slunt out. The vocals sound two dimensional, as if sourced from a bad mp3. The guitar tone, at its best, feels distant and muffled, and the drums clink and clatter inaudibly. You'd be far better off to catch a live show sometime, maybe drop a few bucks on a shirt. But hey, at least they have a cowbell.

Highs: Slunt never take themselves too seriously.

Lows: You don't see much personality in this album, either.

Bottom line: Sounds like a secondhand copy of good sludgy rock n' roll.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)