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CD REVIEW: Temperance League's Freedom From Evil Spirits 

The Deal: Charlotte garage rockers release handful of songs on self-titled debut EP.

The Good: Temperance League has always been defined by the quality of its songwriting and lyrical content, and the release of its debut EP will get its music to more ears. From the Beatles-esque opening riff of "Ain't Nobody Listening" to the heavy-handed closing notes of "Detroit," this is solid rock 'n' roll. It's not often that studios are able to capture the energy of a live show, but this sure gets close. If you've seen the band live, these five songs play like a greatest hits album. There are elements of Springsteen here, with a bit more punk ethic. It harkens back to a simpler time in the history of rock — the kind that had a solid foundation and lasted for decades — without sounding dated.

The Bad: Only five songs and it's here and gone quickly — clocking in at just over 12 minutes.

The Verdict: From Bruce Hazel's rasp-tinged vocals packed with heart, the bass of Mark Lynch, guitar work of Shawn Lynch and Chad Wilson and drums of David Kim — it's a who's who of the Charlotte music scene slapped down on vinyl with all the grit of the band's live shows. This one'll be on "repeat" for a while.

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