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Dirty Little Rabbits - "Dirty Little Rabbits" (CD)

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"Dirty Little Rabbits" track listing:

1. Simon
2. You Say
3. Put It In The Rock
4. Hello
5. Happy
6. I Love You
7. Professional Hit
8. If
9. Leave Me Alone
10. The Didnts
11. Rabbit Holes

Reviewed by on December 16, 2010

"'Professional Hit' marries an Alanis Morrisette-style angry breakup song with a Rage Against the Machine riff to great effect. "

Yes, this self-titled disc from Dirty Little Rabbits features Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot on drums, but, for the most part, it's not exactly what you'd call metal. It is, however, a weirdly engaging bit of alt-rock that at times sounds like what might happen if Bjork enlisted Deep Purple as her backing band.

That vibe is especially noticeable on the first two tracks, "Simon" and "You Say," in which singer Stella Katsoudas bounces between whispery vocals and louder choruses, buoyed by Michael Pfaff's Jon Lord-style organ playing.

There's a lot of strangely poppy material here, including "Hello," which, quite frankly, feels like it would've been home on any number of mid-to-late '90s chick-rock albums. "I Love You" heads back in time to the 1980s, feeling a bit like a Pat Benatar tune in a weird way.

"Professional Hit" marries an Alanis Morrisette-style angry breakup song with a Rage Against the Machine riff to great effect. Meanwhile, "The Didnts" takes us into a vaguely punk rock territory, while "If" is an incredibly gentle piano ballad with suitably wispy vocals.

The album does have quite a few filler tracks, ranging from the occasionally heavy "Leave Me Alone" (which tries to recreate the vibe, lyrically, of the far superior "Professional Hit") and "Put It In The Rock," which kind of sounds like a rocked-up No Doubt. Though there's nothing terrible on the disc, there were definitely a few moments when your attention will start to drift.

Despite some moments of heaviness, you couldn't exactly call Dirty Little Rabbits a metal band. That said, there's an intermittently interesting alt-rock musical journey awaiting the open-minded listener who pops in this self-titled disc.

Highs: "Professional Hit," "If" and "The Didnts"

Lows: A few too many filler tracks, such as "Leave Me Alone."

Bottom line: Metal it's not — but it is an interesting alt-rock disc for the most part.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 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)