Pawn Shoppe Heart





Another one of the most anticipated albums of 2004 hit shelves this week. The Von Bondies tantalized us with their stellar single ìCímon Címonî and made us wonder what the full would be like. Did Jerry Harrison produce a masterpiece? Did the fight with Jack White raise awareness of the band? Did they have any more songs up their sleeve? While nothing is as immediate as the first single, thatís no reason to discount the rest of the album, as if that was the standard all albums were judged on, 98% would be thrown out the door. A well-produced and full sounding garage rock album, Pawn Shoppe Heart races through its 12 songs at semi-breakneck speed. Drums rumble, guitars rev and roar and frontman Jason Stollsteimer emotes and bares his soul. If rocking tunes are your thing, look out for Jasonís gaze into the future, ìBroken Man,î as well as ìThe Feverî (with its "House Of Jealous Lovers"-like bassline), ìTell Me What You See,î and two numbers, ìNot That Socialî (featuring the classic lyric ìyouíre not that social, just a good drinkerî) and ìCrawl Through The Darkness,î fronted by the female half of the band, Marcie Bolen and Carrie Smith. If slowing it down is more your mood, youíve got jams in ìBeen Swankî and ìMairead.î It may not be the best album of 2004, but it definitely shows that the Von Bondies are no mere hangers-on: these kids should be judged on their own merits, not by who they know.

The Von Bondies
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