On Disc - The Cliks

Album: Snakehouse

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Snakehouse by The Cliks

The Cliks
Kindling Music

4 stars

The Cliks’ Snakehouse is extremely satisfying.

The Toronto trio got its start on college music charts. Despite having two members leave the band, The Cliks are climbing to pop-rock stardom.

The self-proclaimed “androgynous” band defies conventional ideas about gender and sexuality; vocalist and guitarist Lucas Silveira was born a woman but now lives as a transgendered man, a fact he incorporates into the band’s sound and identity.

Two standout songs are “Complicated,” which blends bitter lyrics with impressive guitar riffs, and the ballad “Nobody Else Will,” in which Silveira sweetly coos memorable lines like, “Don’t let me down again/ I just want to be a good man.”

Another strong song is an extraordinary cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River,” which is almost good enough to make listeners forget the original.

The songs’ slight similarities can detract from the bittersweet lyrics and beautiful music. Nevertheless, the album reflects the band’s description of itself: “jagged-edged, brutally honest rock ‘n’ roll gold.”

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