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Robot Garden - Self-titled

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Robot Garden is an alternative rock band from Argentina that is said to be inspired by White Stripes. And while this is definitely stripped down hard rock, much like White Stripes, what comes out of the speakers is only slightly like that famous Detroit duo.

For starters, vocalists/rhythm guitarist Andre Aloi doesn't have the same Southern preacher's voice as Jack White. Instead, he sounds a little like a mixture of Peter Murphy and Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, with a touch of David Bowie thrown in for good measure.

The songs on this self-titled album are quite wide ranging. For instance, the group gets a little sci-fi on the faux reggae of "Alien Don't Take My Sheep Away," whereas "Fountain of Youth" is not fiction at all, but a sincere love song.

Perhaps the closest this act gets to White Stripes territory is with "Black Hole," which is a simple and straight forward guitar rock workout. Even so, though, Aloi's singing is so restrained and refined - at least when compared to White - it just sounds like something entirely different from the Stripes.

With all his said, though, the album is one tightly played collection of songs. With a little luck, this band could easily cross over to the alt.rock festival circuit.

Robot Garden - Self-titled
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