But pedigree isn't the reason to listen to the album; power is -- from the git, with "It's Not Enough," a post-apocalyptic meditation with brain-knitting guitar. Dean Schlabowske, the vocalist on "Make Things Happen," is a ringer for Mick Jagger, and Traci Dear, the singer on "Cornered," sounds like Graham Parker in his prime. Such familiarity makes the music accessible no matter how tough-minded the lyrics; tunes such as "Walking on Hell's Roof Looking at the Flowers" and the stirring "Fox River" speak to the gap between posture and passion, promise and performance. They also speak to the need to endure -- and always kick against the pricks. It's no coincidence that the cover illustration suggests pulling the plug on the electric chair: "Contact Illinois Artists Against the Death Penalty www.aadphome.com," the CD insert instructs. As with their music, the Waco Brothers are proud to take a stand.
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