Friday, September 2, 2011

The Pack a.d.

Add Date: August 30 

Artist: The Pack a.d. 

Album: Unpersons 

Label: Mint 

Genre: Rock, garage, blues rock 

Comments: It's extremely easy to label Vancouver's The Pack a.d. as a female version of The Black Keys; in fact, it's been done on three different occasions on this very blog, and (probably countless times) elsewhere. In a way, that seems a tad unfair--almost as if implying some kind of inferiority to Mssrs. Auerbach and Carney--but at the same time, I suppose that's pretty high and well-deserved praise. Let's leave it at that.

And The Pack a.d. doesn't sound simply like the Keys with female vocals; there's plenty going on here, most notably some garage and punk influences, which are more reminiscent of The White Stripes or even The Stooges. In other words, Unpersons--The Pack a.d.'s fourth record in less than four years--is 13 tracks of supreme rock and roll. Start with tracks 1, 2, 8 and 10.

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