Anyone familiar with the Flat Duo Jets will tell you that Dexter Romweber is a helluva guitarist (Jack White is a proud fan club member), yet our boy Dex has always been lacking in the vocal department. So his delivery on Ruins Of Berlin sometimes sounds more like a Buster Poindexter impression of Conway Twitty.
Seeking the professional help of celebrity stylists might seem like a wise move, only Cat Power, Exene Cervenka and Neko Case, who all have highly recognizable voices, aren’t really the best choices. He needs support rather than overshadowing, even if that was never his guests’ intention. He’d likely have been better off sharing a microphone with his drum-bashing sister, Sara Romweber (of Let’s Active and Snatches of Pink notoriety) and letting the old familial chemistry take over.
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