The majority of new rock acts in the 2000s are corporate-stamped to sound precisely like whomever was topping the radio charts six months previous.

The majority of new rock acts in the 2000s are corporate-stamped to sound precisely like whomever was topping the radio charts six months previous. That's why it's a pleasant surprise to spin "Stone Cold" from Maverick duo Deuce Project, which delivers the seemingly impossible: individuality. Pretty-boy lead singer Josh McMillan and acoustic guitarist Noah Pearce—boyhood friends from Austin since age 8—have a fresh, magnetic single, meshing crafty Brit pop with lush orchestral drama, ? la the Verve's modern classic "Bitter Sweet Symphony." The Berman Brothers, best-known in the U.S. for launching dance siren Amber, deserve quite a nod for reinventing themselves here and daring to steer these guys on a course that waves the glory flag high. At last, music worth buying in 2003.—CT

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