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  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mint Records
  • ASIN: B001BRZ538
  • Other Editions: LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
With their second CD, 'Funeral Mixtape', the duo calling themselves 'The Pack A.D.' continue to mine the electric blues-rock groove they established with their first recording, 'Tintype'. This could easily have been the second of a two-CD set with that first recording (not surprisingly perhaps, because I believe the two CDs were released less than a year apart), the disc where the girls stretched a bit more, musically. If Tintype was basically a fine example of garage rock, this disc delves more specifically into their blues roots. Both Becky Black - guitar and vocals, and Maya Miller - drums, are still developing as musicians, and on these new tracks you can hear their confidence growing. Maya Miller is a roots drummer in the style of Meg White, of the White Stripes, and her drumming here takes a nice leap forward. I especially like the tone she's getting out of her skins on these tracks. I also like the fact that Becky Black takes chances with her singing and, if her voice still lacks some control on the softer side, as she approaches full voice her raw vocal talent really shines through. If she keeps improving this way, her voice could soon be a major force in blues-rock. She's already being compared to Janis Joplin; someday they may be comparing Joplin to her.
The Pack have an ability to squeeze a clever hook or turn of phrase out of almost every song they pen - example (from track 7, 'June'):
"I have all the time in the world for you, dear
Um, could you repeat what you said?"
For me, they saved the best for last: 'Worried' does a fine job of showcasing both their instrumental tightness and Becky's fine voice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If you like raw blues - this is your album April 1 2009
By Art101 - Published on
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I'm a big fan of two kinds of music - blues and punk. The order is interchangeable. This album hits on both sides. It's great traditional blues built on basic songs and short lyrics, but instead of being delivered on an acoustic guitar - this album grabs you by the throat and makes you listen.

I'll listen to this for the primitive and gutsy feel that is in each song. This isn't a Clapton album (thankfully) and isn't filled with tricky solos and overdubs or horns - it's guitar+drums. Period. And it works. It's what rock music should be - unpredictable and gutsy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
LOVE IT!! Feb. 23 2011
By L. Richardson - Published on
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Love this album. I heard one song on a TV show and they reminded me of Concrete Blonde so I bought the album. Download worked great and was cheaper than through iTunes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
what a gem! June 17 2011
By Deanna Shelton - Published on
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I love this album! Stumbled upon them on Pandora, and quickly downloaded this from amazon.They sorta remind me of concrete blonde, but in with an updated style.
I'm running with the Pack ... May 9 2014
By PasiniK - Published on
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I was initially exposed to this band through a targeted ad on Facebook (they were in concert at a local venue). I'd never heard of them before, so thought I would check them out on my favorite music source (Amazon). After listing to samples from a few of their albums, I landed on this one. Almost every sample I listened to from this release resonated with me, so I bought the CD. After several spins, I can say with confidence that this is a GREAT CD! These two artists manage to grind out a gritty, blues-rock sound that is reminiscent of the early days of The Black Keys. Becky Black's haunting vocals and wicked guitar work are driven by Maya Millers powerful drumming, giving every song a unique but familiar sound. This is truly a brilliant album if you like your rock heavily laced with Blues. I've become an instant fan of this group.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Solid. Nov. 15 2010
By meschu - Published on
Wow! I stumbled across this today. If you like the Black Keys and blues with a kick this is it.