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Hanni El Khatib, Will the Guns Come Out
Innovative Leisure Records, Sept. 27

10/13/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This Palestinian-Filipino-American has made the most out of his hollering Jack White-ish lack of subtlety, winning raves in basically all the national newspapers, and meanwhile this LP’s cover of Funkadelic’s “I Got a Thing” will be the theme song for Nike’s 2011 global ad campaign.  Not bad for a trip that basically anyone could pull off just by singing into a megaphone and not knowing how to turn off the distortion on one’s amplifier.  Sure, I’m a sucker for this too, and approve of anything that could fit on the same bill as Raconteurs, Mumford & Sons and Jerry Lee Lewis, but like I said, damn, just about anyone could do this.  ome of this is basic Eels (a banjo-ridden “Heartbreak Hotel”), some is basic White Stripes (“Build Destroy Rebuild”), and there’s some drunk busking from hell and a lot of Phil Spector going on, all in an apparent attempt to take over all the soundtrack duties of the next season of True Blood, I guess. Points for being a one-man band and all, but, you know, yeah, sliced bread is really still waiting for the next real contender. B- —Eric W. Saeger






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