Enjoyable set from garage veteran

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The Dirtbombs – Dangerous Magical Noise

While major labels scour Detroit in search of the next White Stripes, it’s hard to imagine any of them investing in the scene’s grandee, Mick Collins. Though he prototyped the Motor City Sound with The Gories in the late ’80s, Collins is still resolutely underground. This third Dirtbombs LP is typically entertaining: fuzzy, thrashy rock’n’soul with nods to T. Rex. But the fact this collection of originals is inferior to 2001’s Ultraglide In Black (a covers album) reveals his songwriting has never matched his energy. “Stuck In Thee Garage” at least proves he knows his niche.