The Diemakers
Detroit Recordings
Street: 02.26
The Diemakers = George Thorogood + The White Stripes

I’ve been fond of plenty of albums where the drums consistently sound a bit off and, as a long time Ramones fan, repetitive lyrics don’t bother me either. It wouldn’t be fair to blame the difficulty I had sitting through the six songs of Detroit Recordings on the drums or lyrics. Listening back to the first Black Keys–style note of the album or the fast-paced solo in “Gotta Go,” the guitar work impresses me, despite a tone sounding straight from the wiry veins of a computer chip. The overly masculine vocals, straining for melody, may be the only blamable aspect to of my struggle with Detroit Recordings. –Steve Richardson