Inouk

    No Danger

    6
    Say Hey - August 24, 2004

    Every press release on Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia upstarts Inouk takes painful care to mention that they are not a group to be shifted conveniently into any of the predominant modern rock troupes. With fistfuls of naive vigor, the band resists turning out more of the same dumbed-down electric dance tripe or disarranged acid splatter so readily available to the catatonically heightened Insound surfer. No, one run through their debut full-length reveals them to be unapologetic classic-rock revivalists, shattering closet doors with more references to the Who and the Kinks than can fit into a triple-harmony chorus.

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    No Danger‘s first side is determined to spread their sonic palette, with the title track’s R&B reverb tip and “Search for the Bees” new-wave keyboard lines more than supporting Damon and Alexander McMahon’s restrained vocal calisthenics. Though folk-rock diversions “Somewhere in France” and “Cherry Orchard” slightly dilute the throbbing four-chord focus of No Danger, the album remains a level-headed exercise in proficient, if not amazingly distinctive, electric sketches.

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