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Big City Rock Review

by Kevin Wierzbicki

They live in L.A. now but most of the members of this quintet cut their musical teeth gigging in their native Midwest, and the sound of their homeland comes through loud and clear in this debut. Big City Rock play blue-collar pub rock that's been de-gritted; sort of sanitized for a new generation---it's the same stuff Dad rocked along to years ago but now it's his daughter's turn. Lyricists Nate Bott (lead vocals and guitar) and Frank Staniszewski (keyboards and vocals) don't go over anyone's head with their songs about relationships either, keeping it plain and simple with words like "I would kiss the feet of businessmen/If I knew that you had hired them" from the album's best cut, the rollicking "Sink." And while "Sink" is a memorable opener, the album quickly stalls as the band recycles the same idea for most of the remainder of the record. Still there is some unidentifiable something there that makes you want to keep giving Big City Rock another chance and the men get their hooks back near album's close with "Shelter" and "They Won't Mind."

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