La Musica Negra (2003) With a come-hither slither and a beer-breath sneer, this Birmingham, Ala., trio makes a baleful racket, grinding out guitar riffs that sound as if they're… 2003-05-20 Verbena
Music Review

La Musica Negra (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 20, 2003; Lead Performance: Verbena

With a come-hither slither and a beer-breath sneer, this Birmingham, Ala., trio makes a baleful racket, grinding out guitar riffs that sound as if they're heading down the expressway to your skull. Vocalist Scott Bondy uses blues cliches like he's just made them up, but there's real sex in his voice, and when he straps himself onto his band's rocky metal breakdowns, it's dangerous in the best way.

Originally posted May 30, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints