When I first heard the Purple disc, I fell in love with this band right away. After seeing their video for "17" and playing the single until it wore out, I bought the album. It was awesome. When I found out this was their new one, I bought it as soon as I found it. I expected it to be good, but not as good as the Purple disc.
I was wrong. Very, very wrong. "Soul Gravy" has got to be one of the best country-rock albums ever. And it's not just country-rock, it's the blues, heavy country, rock, etc. It's hard to listen to this disc and not sing along or tap your hands on the steering wheel as you fly down the road, with this disc as your soundtrack to life. It has fast rock songs, slow country songs, songs that make you look at your own life and being, and songs that just make you happy.
One of, if not THE, best track on the album is "Hammer Down." If you happen to be in the car when this comes on, look out -- you'll soon be doing about 70 without realizing it. It's a great song, from start to finish. My other personal favorite was the ballad "Sick and Tired." Truly a soul-touching song.
It is a shame though, that bands like this get such little, if any, radio airplay. Staying true to their music and their fans is highly respectable, but I wish more people knew about CCR. Once people hear their songs, they get hooked, and CCR could conquer American radio, and not just country. Part of me wonders if the radio "people" refuse to play them because they are countryish-rockers, and aren't too marketable because 12-year-old girls won't buy the CDs. But as long as everybody who buys the CD shows it to their friends, CCR will continue to become more and more popular, as it is hard to not like them.