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The Hiss - Panic Movement

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2003-08-11

Though many have tried, few albums have plundered the annals of rock quite as expertly as The Hiss's Panic Movement. The Atlanta Georgia quartet enlisted Oasis producer Owen Morris to pull off their debut album's amazing feat of looting. Consequently, as well as "borrowing" like the Gallaghers, The Hiss's sound a lot like them; cranking up the walls of guitars, flailing drums and singer Adrian Barrera's best wide-mouthed sneer as they barrel through their extensive list of influences. The Stooges' punk swagger powers "Clever Kicks" and "Back on the Radio"; the circular riffs and screams of "crazy lady" in "Riverbed" are pure Led Zeppelin; and "Brass Tacks" lifts the chords from the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" so closely that Keith Richards almost deserves a cut of the royalties. Elsewhere lurk the ghosts of Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Aerosmith, along with classic Americana in lyrics about snakeskin boots, cruel judges and guitar playing outlaws. All of which would make for a painful pastiche were it not for the absolute conviction with which The Hiss deliver it, having meticulously lined up the rock & roll clichés and pounded them home to the point where they're more revelation than rehash. A riotous barroom trawl, if Oasis had been into American road movies instead of the Beatles, this is what they would have sounded like. --Dan Gennoe

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