The Flatlanders- Treasure of Love (2021)

Posted by KB on 9/24/2021 to General Stuff
The Flatlanders (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock) are as authentic as Americana can get. Each are established solo artists but as a band they blend the perfect olio of twang, country western, folk, rock(abilly) and blues into one well paced package with walking bass lines, guitar pickin', steel pedal guitar and boom-shacka drums. The majority of the songs are covers that the boys give fresh paint to making them their own. Rarely do predictable renditions of songs feel so lively. To me it's an accomplishment. "Treasure of Love" is fun and feels like an upbeat beer fueled hootenanny.

Favorite Songs: Treasure of Love, She Belongs to Me, Mama Does the Kangaroo

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The Offspring- Let the Bad Times Roll (2021)

Posted by KB on 9/14/2021 to Reviews In Brief
Shortest review ever in Review in Brief. Anyone who likes The Offspring will like this. Anyone who doesn't won't. Simple. Proceed as it suits you.

Favorite Songs: Let the Bad Times Roll, We Never Have Sex Anymore

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GHLOW- Slash and Burn (2021)

Posted by KB on 9/9/2021 to Reviews In Brief
Fans of The Kills pining for a new release can now just get GHLOW's "Slash and Burn" and feel sated. GHLOW has the industrial fuzz and cacophany of The Kills, probably more if I was to be honest. The songs are aggressive and edgy, bordering on dark angst. One could visualize a SAW movie airing with this as the soundtrack. GHLOW'sstructure is molded around simple melodies and chord patterns but with buzz saw graininess and electronic embellishments that create a poly-rhythmic groove. "Slash and Burn" exudes black and deep purple with countless curtains of static. Listen alone and in the dark.

Favorite Songs: Not Fit For This, Take It, Hold On

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