Danko Jones, 'Below the Belt' (Bad Taste/Caroline)

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Below the Belt
Critical Mass
Label: Bad Taste/Caroline

by Doug Brod

Expect nothing resembling subtlety on this Toronto trio's latest batch of retribution anthems -- all brutal punch-pop riffing, rumble-gut bass, and accusatory posturing. But despitehis exaggerated bluster, their namesake singer- guitarist revels in the genre's inherent humor, adding high harmonies on the otherwise furious "I Wanna Break Up With You," even throwing away a Kiss in-joke. The sex metaphors don't get more creative than active volcanoes, dynamite, and magic snakes, but when the cowbell's getting this kind of workout, who has any right to complain?

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