Sahara Hotnights - C'Mon Let's Pretend
Sometimes, when a band finally makes it themselves known in another area of the world, their record label seems prone to release everything that the band has ever released. Sometimes it's worthy and other times there's a reason that those albums didn't push the band into the spotlight. Sahara Hotnights debut album deserves to be heard. C'mon Let's Pretend was released in 1999 on a Swedish label called Speech and went on to win two Swedish Grammy nominations. RCA called and signed them in the UK in 2000. They secured a deal with the prominent indie label Jetset in North America and released the critically acclaimed Jennie Bomb. Time to go back and take a look at their recently re-released debut album. After hearing where the band took off to on Jennie Bomb I thought it might be a tad bit embarrassing for the girls to show this album. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of here. While Pretend doesn't rock quite as hard as Jennie Bomb there is so much going on here that makes it worthy album to have in a collection. The girls were only 16 and 17 years old when they did this one but it sounds like a super-mature rock album. Obviously some Sleater-Kinney must have filtered over to their continent because I hear lots of their influence in the vocal style. If you were totally taken by their immediate heavy rock sound on Jennie Bomb then you might not take a lot out of Pretend. It is almost a better album because of the breadth and depth of the songwriting. The title track would be a perfect road trip companion. I wouldn't be surprised if Sahara Hotnights actually migrate back to this more mature sound. (Originally released in 1999 in Sweden)
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