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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Betty Blowtorch - Are You Man Enough? (USA 2001)

An Uncle Roddus Album Review

A bit off a detour from reviewing the Daniel Lanois produced albums highlighted in the last Uncut magazine with some thing completely different. Slut Rock could be a good description for this all female blend of Punk , Metal and Garage rock following in the footsteps of The Runaways, Girlschool and The Donnas. Plenty of clichés here and the singer sounds like others I have heard but there is plenty of fun to be had here rocking out to this full on music and there are plenty of good melodies to keep it enjoyable. I am enjoying this set, although I don't think it is as good as some of the other glowing reviews I have seen suggest and I will give it 3/5.

The following piece I found sums this band up well from Alex Steininger on In Music We Trust .com.

"Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, nobody emphasizes this lifestyle more than the gals of Betty Blowtorch, a four-piece band ready to rock, drink, and fuck. Imagine The Ramones and AC/DC, battling it out on stage. Now imagine that same scenario, put rocker women in the place of the two bands, and you have Betty Already.
Listening to Are You Man Enough? is humbling. No matter how big you think your dick is, Betty Blowtorch will laugh at its small size, belittle you, use you up, and throw you away, before moving on to the next sucker ready and willing to be taken advantage of by these rock divas.

The lack of substance is what Betty's all about. There really isn't anything here except good party rock, but unlike others who attempt the same thing, Betty is damn good at it. They'll make you hard, make your pants sticky, and make you want to get up and rock out. And isn't that what rock is all about?"

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