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Man Raze, ‘Surreal’ (VH1 Classic)

A quarter-century-plus after their stint in the great lost British glam-metal quintet Girl, Simon Laffy and Phil Collen reunite, hook up with Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, and go places that Collen’s more famous employer Def Leppard only hinted at. The shimmering studio-as-stadium whooshes and souped-up shouted choruses are very Hysteria. But “Spinning Out” beefs up an off- kilter Gary Numan beat, “Skin Crawl” turns a Stooges groove into arena power pop, and three tracks manage a spaciously Police-informed reggae-rock hybrid.



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