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Filthy Friends persuade most listeners to sing along heartily 

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Sleater-Kinney fans could shudder to hear this, but vocalist Corin Tucker may have found her ultimate vehicle fronting a band with REM’s Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, and random members of Nirvana and King Crimson. On Invitation, the formerly yelpy Tucker has developed a deeper, throaty tone, set against backup vocal harmonies on tracks like “Windmill” and “Any Kind of Crowd.” Filthy Friends is best when melding Buck’s REM guitar jangles with Sleater-Kinney elements, a mix more intriguing than the harder-rock tracks featured later in the album. Still, Tucker steers her distinguished gentlemen to the type of supergroup sound only rarely reached by the likes of New Pornographers or Continental Drifters. Even if the lyrics are self-consciously preaching on music’s liberating power, when Tucker and Buck are doing the proselytizing, they’ll persuade most listeners to sing along heartily.
File next to: The Minus Five, Continental Drifters, Sleater-Kinney

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