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Porcella: The Deadly Snakes's meaty disc offers a foot-stamping good feed

3 out of 4 stars

The Deadly Snakes
Paper Bag Records (Universal)

Like a sloppy Irish stew, this meaty disc from Toronto's Deadly Snakes tastes best if you don't stop to analyze all that went into it. The six members (including main writers Andre Ethier and Max McCabe, a.k.a. Age of Danger) have sampled many kitchens, and loaded the pot with fatty morsels from Motown, gristly bits from southern revival halls, and amuse-gueules from three or four well-known singer-songwriters who know how to scuff a guitar. The most memorable tidbits are those that have gone a little rank, such as the quietly discordant lines on organ and toy piano that perfume a couple of tracks. Some vocals seem a little more lo-fi than necessary, but overall Porcella offers a foot-stamping good feed, from just enough cooks.

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