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The Datsuns, ‘HeadStunts’ (Cooking Vinyl)

As fourth albums byDown Under betwixt- garage-and-metal bands who’ve never lived up to their initial hype go, the Datsuns’ HeadStunts isnot without charms — “Eye of the Needle” rides some adequate space-guitar swirl atop its Gary Glitter rumble, and the more concise and gang-shouty “Highschool Hoodlums” could’ve halfway passed as Antmusic in 1981. But especially once you listen beyond these New Zealanders’ signature high muffled vocal hooks, the music mostly lies limp, even in speed-rock mode. Still, think Jet or Silverchair could do better at this point?


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