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Juliette and the Licks - Four on the Floor

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Juliette and the Licks - Four on the Floor:
The Licks second full-length album (third release overall) features Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl. Originally brought in to play on demos the band recorded at his Studio, Grohl played on the entire album. If you liked the Licks previous releases, they keep the same high-level energy going with Four on the Floor.


 

Juliette and the Licks - You're Speaking My Language

Five Star Rating Juliette and the Licks - You're Speaking My Language skateboarding skatebaord music CD review

Juliette and the Licks - You're Speaking My Language:
This follow-up to her first EP establishes Juliette Lewis as a punk-rcking force to be reckoned with. Don't underestimate this actress-gone-rocker's musical talent. She has the voice to carry all the energy eminating from each track.

It's unclear whether she deserves a Grammy or an Oscar, but Juliette Lewis sounds like a rock star. Her band's first full-length album has a garage feel generated by four studio pros. Lewis gives their sometimes mechanical clamor blood and drama with a throaty wail that whips from whispery melancholy to audacious brass. And these aren't just breakup ballads or punky flirts: "I Never Got to Tell You What I Wanted To" is a tense, dark meditation on sisterly love, and Lewis threads the wallop of "American Boy Volume Two" with a fiery censure of American dysfunction.


 

Juliette and the Licks - Like a Bolt of Lightning

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Juliette and the Licks - Like a Bolt of Lightning:
Skepticism ran rampant as Warp Tour 2004 attendees discovered that the chick from the movie "Natural Born Killers" was going to take the stage... and jam.

Juliette Lewis formed the Licks in 2002, recruiting former H2O guitarist Todd Morse, bassist Paul Ill and former Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Recalling the likes of Blondie and Joan Jett, the resulting sound was a sonically varnished brand of melodic punk replete with Lewis's purring vocal delivery and lyrics that bash porn, pharmaceutical companies and rotten lovers. The Licks garnered attention in the summer of 2004 at the Warped Tour then released this five-song EP a few months later.


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