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cd reviews - October 8, 2014
5 Stars Out Of 5
New York’s favorite purveyors of noir-rock The Lost Patrol
have delivered their most diverse work yet on “Chasing Shadows.”
Right off the bat, you can tell the band have shaken things up
with the thick, rolling organ romp of “Creeper.” Sounding
like Deep Purple’s legendary organist Jon Lord somehow hooked up
with Angelo Badalamenti, “Creeper” is a perfect showcase for
vocalist Mollie Israel — who herself is unquestionably the greatest
female rock vocalist around.
“Too Hard Too Fast” sounds like a glorious collision
of The Police and Blondie, with Stephen Masucci’s airy-textured
guitar inducing the same types of goosebumps once plumped by Andy Summers.
The tasteful acoustic 12-string work of Michael Williams is the
perfect rustic counterpoint to the reverb-drenched guitars and keyboards.
If Julee Cruise isn’t available for the new Twin Peaks reboot, these
guys should most definitely become the new house band at The Roadhouse.
The addition of drummer Tony Mann is a welcome one. Mann’s
sense of swing propels turns “I’m 28” into a waltz for
the flabbergasted, while Israel’s beautiful rant comes off as oddly
soothing. Mann also lends some genuine rock grit to the buoyant “Hurricane,”
itself one of the Lost Patrol’s more straight-up rockers.
As consistent as The Lost Patrol have always been, lead singer
Mollie Israel — who joined the band in 2007 — continues to
evolve as a vocalist. The earlier pronouncement of “greatest female
rock singer” wasn’t hyperbole. Israel has found the perfect
musical foils in Masucci and Williams, and they are one song placement
in a film or TV show away from becoming the next Blondie or Garbage. If
you’d like to be one of the cool kids who accuse The Lost Patrol
of selling out when they eventually hit it big, you need to check out
“Chasing Shadows” now to start building up that righteous
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