By Joe Wawyrzniak
SURAN SONG in STAG - Kitty Igloo & The Plastic Stereo
There are albums that you listen to and they basically just do the trick, supplying a solid half hour or so of satisfying sonic entertainment. Then there are those occasional strikingly extraordinary works of true art which cut an immediate beeline to your nerve center and force you to think, feel, and become more alert in a way that's nothing short of amazing. Kitty Igloo & The Plastic Stereo is one of those extraordinary albums I'm talking about.
There's something going on here with robust, throaty, haunting vocals, fat, throbbing basslines, relentless drum beats, thick, heavy, constantly churning trudging sound, and especially the fiercely keen and incisive songwriting that's truly phenomenal as all your preconceived notions of what rock is and isn't are gleefully turned on their ear. The net impact of this incredible music is equally visceral and intellectual: Kitty Igloo & The Plastic Stereo is that rare exceptional album which makes you think and shake your ass simultaneously, offering plenty of food for thought to chew on and digest without ever forgetting to keep things potently rockin' at the same time.