Electric Six, 'Kill' (Metropolis)

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by Josh Modell

This Detroit band has yet to match the goofy disco-metal glory of 2003's Fire (you'll recall "Danger! High Voltage," featuring Jack White, and "Gay Bar"). But their sixth album's opener, "Body Shots," nails it joyously, with frontman Dick Valentine mixing his two voices -- über-confident growl and sex-crazed falsetto -- on a cowbell-assisted jam that crams Tenacious D, Prince, and '80s metal into the same sweaty club. Again, E6 can't quite keep it up throughout, though they still sound delighted to mess with sounds both full-throttle ("You're Bored") and loungey ("My Idea of Fun").

WATCH: Electric Six, "Body Shot"

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