So far, the 21st century is Detroit's century; the rest of us just live in it. From Eminem to The White Stripes to up and comers like Whirlwind Heat and The Von Bondies, it's Motor City madness everywhere you look. The Electric Six are fine by this, seeing as they are Detroit boys through and through. Initially monikered The Wildbunch, this crew of metal enthusiasts-with-a-disco-edge bring a wide variety of music styles to their Beggars debut, Fire. Frontman Dick Valentine sounds at times like Tom Jones half-brother and the band's disco/metal fusion is reminiscent of Molly Hatchet hearing Kiss' "I Was Made For Loving You" and thinking, "hey, we could do this!" The stellar "Danger! High Voltage!" is of course in effect on this long player, as is the rifftastic "Gay Bar." While somewhat lyrically challenged (how many times can you rhyme "nuclear war" with "dancefloor"?) this album is far from hook challenged and will find a way into your brain days along from your last listen. That's really want you want from music, isn't it?
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN