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The Droogs

Young Gun

Review by Gary Hill

These guys originally formed in the early 1970, with a sound derived from psychedelia and garage band texture of the 1960s. This is their newest disc and really has a great fuzz-driven texture. These guys were considered one of the proto-punk bands, and really this music has a lot in common with punk rock. The rough around the edges edge brings charm and character from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
Young Gun
The rhythm section opens this. Screaming guitar rises over the top to pull it all together. There is definitely a punk edge built into this beast, too. This is a classy tune and a great way to start it in style. I love the noisy guitar solo section later in the track.
This is meaner and more raw in a lot of ways. This has a lot of punk built into it.

More of a melodic, semi-balladic piece, this makes me think of Blue Oyster Cult just a bit. There is a raw punky edge to the cut, though. The more rocking section makes me think of The Lords of the New Church. I love the killer guitar solo on this. It's so meaty and expressive.      

King of the Mountain
Mean and punky, this is furious. It has a catchy chorus at the same time.
This is a straightforward hard rocker that's a lot of fun. While still a bit raw, this is more rock and roll than it is punk.
For Redemption
A bit more of a melodic rocker, this loses the fuzz that has driven the music to this point. It has a real psychedelic rock vibe. The guitar solo does get the fuzz treatment, though.
Everything but You
This is a cool rocker that seems to combine the sound of this with more of the sound from the previous half of the album. The instrumental section works into some cool country rock stuff.
99 Lbs
This raw rocker has a lot of punk in the mix. This is catchy and fun.
California Stop
I love this high energy rocker. This is so much fun.
Don't Hold Back
This number is more of a melodic mellow rocker. It is fuzz-driven. It's still a bit raw and punk oriented.
Out of the Question
There is definitely a punk edge to this, but in a lot of ways this is very 1960s styled. The organ in particular adds to that element.
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