The Fleshtones Hexbreaker LP

The FLESHTONES have enormous potential, but they’ve rarely lived up to it since the release of their debut single over five years ago. They either put their great ’60s punk-influenced material aside in favor of R&B and more poppy stuff, or take the raw sneer out of it by settling for a wimpy production. Hexbreaker suffers especially from the latter problem; great tunes like “New Scene” and “Screamin’ Skull” are emasculated by a slick, squeaky-clean sound. C’mon, guys! Kick the IRS lackeys out of the recording studio and do it right next time, or you’ll never break the hex.