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Classic Album Review: The Mooney Suzuki | Electric Sweat

The New York garage-rockers unleash one of the most dynamic albums of the year.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“In a young man’s mind, it’s a simple world / There’s a little room for music and the rest is girls.” So goes the coolest chorus I’ve heard in months, from the coolest guitar-rawk record I’ve heard in about as long: Electric Sweat, the second album from New York’s Mooney Suzuki.

True to its title, this 10-song standout is a blast from the garage-rock past, drenched in the classic sounds of the late-’60s and early ’70s. In A Young Man’s Mind, for instance, combines the hard-charging choogle of The MC5’s Kick Out the Jams with the vocals of The Who’s Young Man Blues. Toss in bits of Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Stones, Iggy, The Velvet Underground, The Sonic, The New York Dolls and every band on the Nuggets compilation, outfit it all in leather jackets and Johnny Ramone bowl cuts, and you’ve got one of the most vibrant and exciting bands of the year — and an album that young punks and old hippies can all get behind. Make room.


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