Rob Brunner
January 09, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Singles, Live, Unreleased

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock, Reissues

We gave it an A-

Though they worship the glamour and grit of the Rolling Stones, Royal Trux lack the chops to pull off a convincing imitation on Singles, Live, Unreleased. Good thing: Instead of lamely aping familiar blues riffs (remember the Black Crowes?), the band strips away the Stones’ now-boilerplate rock cliches and revels in their raw, disorienting essence. RT’s self-indulgence can be rough going—especially if you have a low tolerance for guitar noise—but this two-CD collection of obscure oddities frequently finds the band at its fractured best. A-

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