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The Struts, Beware of Darkness, Goodbye June

On first listen, the swaggering arena-rock of UK foursome The Struts may remind listeners of Queen; it’s true that singer Luke Spiller does sound an awful lot like Freddie Mercury. But the group’s original music, which doesn’t overtly ape Queen’s sound, helps the band maintain its own identity. On record, The Struts’ aesthetic comes through loud and clear, and their songs have more in common with groups like Oasis or Supergrass: anthemic, singalong rockers in the best British tradition. In the end, The Struts manage to have it both ways, with original songs that deliver the carefree exuberance of vintage arena-rock, but updated for modern audiences.