Makers Rock Star God

The Makers have all the glam rock stylisation in the world, and the songs aren't half-bad. But this retake on the whole Ziggy Stardust concept album thing still ain't Ziggy Stardust. Occasionally they get their Bowie eras mixed up, too - the lyrics on "When We Was Gods" owe more to Dave's Brian Eno period than to the Spiders. But enough of this silly reviewer speak. "Metro (Soul Man)," "Give Me Back Yesterday" and "Sex Is Good Food" are pretty rad. And overall, the punky guitars, '70s black-up singers, bombastic strings and bits of story narrative (at one point featuring Jello Biafra) still make Rock Star God a fun listen. (Sub Pop)