- SPIN Rating:6 of 10
After more than 15 years in action, Southern California's BellRays have mastered the essentials of swaggering rock'n'soul. As guitarist Bob Vennum spews slashing power chords and sleazy solos, hard-boiled shouter Lisa Kekaula snarls, "I'm comin' down to getcha!" like she's going homicidal, and injects the protest anthem "That's Not the Way" with thrilling, righteous anger. But Kekaula delivers a bigger jolt when she unleashes her inner torch singer on the melancholy ballad "Wedding Bells," which makes the noisier songs seem too predictable by half.