Tom Sinclair
August 17, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Balboa Island

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it an B+

These grizzled British Invasion-era vets may no longer be pretty, but there’s a weird beauty in the matter-of-fact way The Pretty Things rip through Balboa Island‘s 13 blues, jazz, and R&B-inflected tunes. True, the dearth of to-die-for hooks assures that erstwhile rivals the Rolling Stones still don’t have much to worry about. But the overall feel of the set, from the Who-like bashfest ”Buried Alive” to the gritty cover of Bob Dylan’s ”Ballad of Hollis Brown,” is undeniably galvanizing in all the right ways.
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