Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hot Album `Rotisserie Twist," the Civil Tones

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hot Album `Rotisserie Twist," the Civil Tones

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A NUMBER of noteworthy litmus tests present themselves in a search for 1996's top local pop album.

Purely in terms of numbers, sales of more than 400,000 copies of Gravity Kills' debut made for a strong case for the industrial pop act.

In terms of fanatical local fan base, no band matched the New World Spirits, who delighted their faithful with the Universal Records effort "Fortune Cookie." And no act kept the rumor mill spinning like Radio Iodine, which dropped out of the scene for several months to concentrate on its Radioactive Records debut. But let's say the question comes down to which album had the strongest head-turning quotient, the capability to freeze conversations in bars, record stores and coffeehouses where it was played and make strangers ask gleefully of one another, "Hey, what is this? This rocks!" The answer would be the Civil Tones' Pravda Records offering "Rotisserie Twist," the local pop album of the year. The disc is a melange of soul, surf, rockabilly and garage hooks generated with refreshing, unpretentious grace by guitarist Robin Allen, bassist Dave Hilditch, keyboardist Christopher Bess and drummer Doug Morgan. …

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