20,000 Streets Under the Sky

The kids from Philly are back with a rock album of the highest magnitude.

The kids from Philly are back with a rock album of the highest magnitude. "20,000 Streets Under the Sky" is the record with the muscle to shoulder the enormous promise shown by Marah's second release ("Kids in Philly"), one of the great rock records of 2000. Dave and Serge Bielanko, Marah's musical brain trust, wrote all 11 tunes here, and the songs are a collective valentine to Philadelphia. They serve as an eloquent rock tour through a city that Liberty Bell tourists will never know. Particularly righteous stops along the way include the title track, "Pigeon Heart," "Feather Boa," "Freedom Park" and "East." The Bielankos' stellar songwriting chops put them in the first ranks of today's bands. Their unfailing ability to rock with conviction adds fire to their lyrics while ensuring that Marah's sound is never mediocre or mundane. When their hometown inspires their music, the Bielankos are Philly's equivalent of New Jersey's Springsteen.—PVV