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Big Bang

Wild Bird

(Grand Sport; US: 5 Feb 2008; UK: Available as import)

The Norwegian rock band Big Bang got a big break when they were chosen to open for Jack White’s Raconteurs on the UK leg of their 2006 European tour. The band’s rockabilly country-pop is perfect for lubing up the crowd before White and Benson ram some signature blues rock down their throats. The Wild Bird EP is Big Bang’s initial attempt to hit the North American market before their full-length comes out later this year. Although the EP does showcase some exceptional guitar work and inspirational choruses, the effort lack on originality. Outside of the title track, Wild Bird is just too bland and uninspiring to compete with the multitude of acts coming out of L.A. these days—not to mention that a blues rock revival hasn’t exactly been in the works of late.

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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance, NYDailyNews.com, and SIDump.com. One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


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