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Foxy Shazam

The Churck of Rock and Roll

Foxy Shazam are the latest throwback rock group rising to the top, though they've been around since 2004. Like The Darkness and Wolfmother before them, they liberally borrow pages from the books of Queen, Bowie and Zeppelin, wrapped up with an appropriately '70s exploitation-sounding name. Though they show signs of desire to reinvent themselves (opening number "Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll" has lines like "Your music sucks including us; it's time we clear our name"), having The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins produce their latest album isn't helping matters. Yet while there's not much by way of originality here, there's still a healthy amount of hooks to sweeten the bombast, and if singer Eric Sean Nally seems a little too in love with Freddie Mercury at times, he at least has the pipes to back it up. The Church of Rock and Roll is a fun record for sure, but Foxy Shazam would do well to break out of The Darkness' shadow if they're to make a name for themselves.


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