Hiss Panic Movement

For production on their debut LP, Atlanta thug-rockers the Hiss called upon Brit-rock guru Owen Morris — the knob twiddler behind two landmark Oasis albums (and one shit one) as well as the Verve’s A Northern Soul. It shows, and not in the endearing sense. The prominent snare and nonsensical lyrical platitudes, i.e., "It’s hard to lose when you’re not winning,” are 100 percent Oasis, whereas the laboured Ashcroft-esque squeal may as well be followed by a "C’mon, Wigan!” But it’s not, which makes you wonder why the Hiss even bother tapping into a genre that the Gallagher brothers can’t even successfully nick from anymore. (Loog)