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The Makers
STRIPPED
(Kill Rock Stars)

En route to the next stage in their ongoing effort to create the perfect garage-glam rock hybrid, these rowdy Washington Staters have decided to indulge themselves in a vanity project of sorts. It actually might be more apt to call them the Remakers this time around, since Stripped consists entirely of re-recordings. All 16 songs here date from before the bandís 2000 signing with Sub Pop, and most of the original versions were released between 1991 and 1998 on the Estrus label. (For those wishing to compare and contrast, Estrusís mailing address is provided in the booklet.) Although these takes are new in chronological terms, they show that the Makers are still caught in a gleeful time warp. With feral lead singer Michael Maker operating at full snarl, "Hot Kiss" sounds like a Ziggy Stardust outtake and "Four Button Suit" takes on the aura of a vintage Stones rave-up. Elsewhere, guitarists Jamie Frost and Timothy Killingsworth cleverly revive the main riff from the Yardbirdsí "Lost Woman" for the 2:18 bruiser "Sharp Leather Walkiní Shoes." Then thereís the truly old-school move of adding in crowd noise to suggest that the albumís live. (Itís not.) Cheesy? No question. But it all feels strangely appropriate.

BY MAC RANDALL


Issue Date: January 21 - 27, 2005
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