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If It Ain't Broke, Break It
Metal Blade

By Adam St. James/

The L.A. rock scene ruled in the '70s and '80s, and the Santa Monica Boulevard niteclub known as the Starwood - that long-since "gentrified" locale where Van Halen and Quiet Riot got started - was a key part of the scene. Fitting then that four retro-rockers would evoke the image of that venerable old haunt of mine for a disc that heralds the Southern California response to Australia's Jet (or does the band belong to I-Pod?). Of course Starwood is slightly more polished, as would be expected from anyone hangin' on the Strip. Unfortunately, that may be their downfall. A little rougher edge on the final mixes may have benefited the band, at least in terms of catching the current wave of garage rock that seems to be the trend. Otherwise, though, If It Ain't Broke, Break It is easily in the vein of early Kiss, or The New York Dolls, or maybe - as their bio suggests - Velvet Revolver and The Vines. Either way, this could be a group to watch.

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