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The Drowners - Muted To A Whisper
(Morphine Lane - Swedish import)

In all the hoopla about Swedish rock bands in 2002, somehow this brilliant Skelleftea quintet named after a Suede song was overlooked. Good thing they seem to have a sense of humor about their apparent status as also-rans in the fame sweepstakes, as evidenced by the album art depicting a club marquee giving equal billing to both a Drowners show and $1 Pabst drafts. Then there's "On The Radio," one of the better anti-industry rants to be committed to tape in quite a while (this one's for you, label promotion departments!). It's even more amazing when you consider just how American these guys sound. Theirs is such a sob story, it's no wonder they close the record with a driving, rocking cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that, all hyperbole aside, is probably one of the 20 or 30 best cover versions of a Beatle song ever. Here's to the losers.
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