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Stag

Stag

(Fin; US: 6 Dec 2012; UK: Import)

Good time rock & roll. Any questions?

Listeners looking for a good-time and uptempo rock songs could do a lot worse than a band like Stag, whose self-titled debut offers an abundance of exactly that. Straightforward rock and roll instrumentation and arrangements don’t exactly offer a bevy of surprises, but there is solid musicianship, layered harmony vocals and clever lyrics to be found in opener “These Times” as well as “Love Her Records” (chorus: “I hate her, but I love her records”).


Other tunes deliver as well, like the propulsive “Mountains of Steel” and the eaworm-y “Paper Crown”, not to mention “Ides of March”, which sounds like an outtake from Quadrophenia. Sure, there are some duds, like the forgettable “Don’t Lead with Your Heart” and “To Be Young”, and overall, this is one of those records that’s tough to remember 10 minutes after it’s ended. But while it’s playing, it’s a pretty good time, and that counts for something, right?

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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