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The Dutchess and the Duke

Alex Henry, Contributing writer

What would happen if two hardcore punk singers went and recorded a folk album?

Strangely enough you would get folk royalty: the Dutchess and the Duke. The band is composed of Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz, both of whom have been in nearly every kind of band imaginable, from R &B, fuzz, lo-fi, ambient and girl power groups.

The one constant through it all has been punk. There was always a level of aggression and rebellion to their music no matter the style. Punk is essentially a point of perspective anyway, right?

So it came as no real surprise that their next project together would end up with influences all over the place for their new album "She’s the Dutchess. He’s the Duke."

The touchstones on this album are very clearly Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and Eric Burdon of the Animals with a touch of Leonard Cohen for good measure.

The opening song kicks this album off with a bang.

It sounds like the perfect blending of early Stones and a lyrical sensibility of Bob Dylan. That is true of every track on this album too. It not once gets dull or repetitive.

Most bands that try to sound like a classic band tend to get old quickly, but not these guys. They have a truly timeless sound. This is definitely the most impressively complete debut album this year. Check "The Duke and Dutchess" out.

"She’s the Dutchess. He’s the Duke." is available at Orion’s Music Shop in Park City, 1400 Snow Creek Dr. Alex Henry is the music reviewer for the store, which can be reached at 649-1850.

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