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David J. Kelly (Scotland)

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Barrel Chested
Barrel Chested
Price: £11.78

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You didn't mess up telling me where to go!, 2 Sep 2005
This review is from: Barrel Chested (Audio CD)
I have to thank Amazon for this. They recommended Slobberbone to me and I followed that recommendation and bought all four of thier albums. This is the best one but not by much. If you are thinking of getting a Slobberbone album this is the one I would recommend.
So what is it? Well nowadays we would call it "Americana" but this is the more raucous side of that. Like erstwhile label mates the Drive-by Truckers Slobberbone documented aspects of American life but Slobberbone's main songwriter Brent Best is more personal than the DBTs. The sound is country punk but they do murder ballads (Billy Pritchard), story songs (Engine Joe), socially aware (Placemat Blues) and drunken tales (Little Drunk Fists and Haze of Drink). They can rock out with the best of them or they can do a country tinged ballad of loss and regret, with pedal steel and fiddle.
There isn't a bad song on this album and if you like bands like Richmond Fontaine, Bottle Rockets or the Drive-By Truckers then Slobberbone are going to be your cup of tea. It's just a pity that they are now no more. An essential CD for any modern collection of American rock.

About To Choke
About To Choke

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple and effective set of songs, 29 July 2005
This review is from: About To Choke (Audio CD)
This was a ab bit of an impulse bu. I had heard good things about Vic Chesnutt and read good reviews of this album. None of them were wrong, there are few better songwriters than Vic Chesnutt, add to that the unique style and you have a truly distinctive set of songs. My personal favourites are "Myrtle", "Degenerate" and "Threads" but there isn't really a bad song on this album. The songs are mainly self accompannied with a guitar or keyboards but he does let other musicians join in. Vic's style here is a little like REM, just a little, and his voice is perfect for the songs. Now I'll just have to go and get some more of his albums!

Stories Under Nails
Stories Under Nails
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Price: £5.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a little, a dash of blues and some folk, 28 July 2005
This review is from: Stories Under Nails (Audio CD)
I first heard "Old Mule" from the great promotional CD "Across the Great Divide" from Uncut magazine. The more I listened the more I thought I'll check this guy out. His website had some samples so I bought the CD. Ben Weaver growls, tunefully, through a collection of great original songs, firmly rooted in American tradition. The instrumentation tends towards the sparse but is effective just the same. The combination of Ben's Minnesotan backwoods drawl and the sparse traditionalist instrumentation is heard to great effect on the opening track "Grieve All You Want" and the album continues on in the same vein, varying the instruments used. The lyrical content is a little downbeat matching the instruments, but the pictures painted are well worth the listen.

Mighty Rearranger
Mighty Rearranger
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Price: £14.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't mention you know who, 27 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Mighty Rearranger (Audio CD)
Robert Plant has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music with a CV to match. This is not a Plant solo album as here the Strange Sensation step forward to challenge and push Mr Plant. Yes his voice has changed with age, but it is still unmistakeably his voice. This album melds all sorts of world influences with rock and blues,to come out as the best record Plant has made since the mid 70s.
Highlights are the first single Shine It All Around (there is also trance version of it as a hidden track), All The King's Horses, Tin Pan Valley (a great statement of principles from Robert) and Freedom Fries.
I am happy to recommend this album to anyone who likes Robert Plant's music.

Pizza Deliverance
Pizza Deliverance

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a great title for a southern album, 5 Feb 2005
This review is from: Pizza Deliverance (Audio CD)
Pizza Deliverance is the second Drive By Truckers album and here we find them still leaning towards a country sound. After this would come Southern Rock Opera and the rest. Re-released by New West records, along with Gangstabilly, this disk is again full of great songs which are possibly even darker and more disturbing than what came before or the albums that followed. These are all great songs and the packaging, as always, is superb as are Patterson Hood's sleeve notes.


12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We all have to start somewhere, 5 Feb 2005
This review is from: Gangstabilly (Audio CD)
The Drive By Truckers have released three great rock albums in Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South but they didn't start out like that. Gangstabilly is their first album and the sound is completely different from the three aforementioned "rawk" classics. Here we are listening to a band which is more than a little bit country, they even have banjos and lots of pedal steel.
The songwriting, however, is still great. The Truckers songs always tell a story and the lyrics and subject matter are never trite or cliched. The best songs on this album are "The Living Bubba" about a musician defying AIDS, the tale of folly and loss that is "Panties in your Purse", the joyous "18 Wheels of Love" - who else would write that chorus, "Steve McQueen" and the country-punk of "Buttholeville".
The packaging is great too, the CD looks like a vinyl disk and there are great sleeve notes by Patterson Hood. A superb debut and it's great to see it being released here in the UK.

The Dirty South
The Dirty South
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Price: £12.01

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hat Trick of Great Albums, 15 Oct 2004
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This review is from: The Dirty South (Audio CD)
The Drive By Truckers produce their third masterpiece in a row. They have continued with the theme of last year's Decoration Day in looking at life in the Southern US. As always the musicianship is superb with the three guitars weaving in and out of the mix while the rhythm section drives on. Highlights are hard to pick but "Where the Devil Don't Stay" is a superb opening, "Tornadoes" is an older song reflecting childhood memories of the day the tornadoes hit. "The Day John Henry Died" is a great song which really rocks but don't expect dumb lyrics, the song retells the story of how automation replaces human workers. The next song "Puttin' People on the Moon" is an angry song about a widower who lost his job in an car factory, resorted to drug dealing then lost his wife to cancer before taking a menial job in Wal-Mart to feed his kids. All the time people in the next town work for NASA "puttin' people on the Moon". They lose their jobs too.
"Carl Perkins' Caddilac" is a slice of Rock history featuring Sam Phillips, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. It contains the immortal lines
"Dammit Elvis, I swear son I think it's time you came around
Making money you can't spend ain't what being dead's about". The "Sands of Iwo Jima" is a gem, an affectionate, acoustic tribute to the singer's great uncle who fought in the Second World War. The next song is "Danko/Manuel" in which Jason Isbell pays tribute to The Band while examining his own life as a touring musician. It's a really beautiful song and one of the CD's highlights.
The next three songs, "Boys From Alabama", "Cottonseed", "The Buford Stick" form a sort of trilogy about corrupt policemen who became famous and his criminal enemies. "Cottonseed" is another highlight. The CD closes out with four superb rockers, a tale of a NASCAR fanatic in "Daddy's Cup", the bleak "Ain't Never Gonna Change", the contemplation of suicide of "Lookout Mountain" and the lost love and drowning sorrows of "Goddamn Lonely Love".
I love this album, it is less country tinged and more rocky than Decoration Day but I would recommend them both to any fan of intelligent, rootsy rock.

Vol. 1
Vol. 1
Offered by HANG LOOSE Records
Price: £12.90

5.0 out of 5 stars You'll get a thrill, 22 Aug 2004
This review is from: Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
Robert Plant and an all star band run through just five Rythym and Blues and Rock 'n' Roll covers. The hit "Sea of Love" is a highlight but this album has quality, if not quantity. At 18 minutes long it's a short album but that's 18 minutes of pure listening pleasure. You're left begging for more and, if the rumours are to be believed, we're going to get more. Volume 2 is on its way 20 years later.

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Price: £19.98

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A flying start, 8 May 2004
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This review is from: Gish (Audio CD)
This is an impressive debut, I bought "Mary, Star of the Sea" by Zwan and enjoyed it so I decided to investigate the Smashing Pumpkins. This album opens beautifully with "I am the one" and follows with "Siva". Here the Pumpkins trademark is set as Billy Corgan and James Iha layer the guitars while the rythym section just rocks on. The guitarists and the rythym section in this album seem to be an excellent example of symbiosis, two completely different species cooperating together to produce something better than the separate parts could create.
I like guitar rock, I love Zeppelin and the White Stripes, the Foo Fighters and the Rolling Stones. This album shows how, even at the very beginning, The Smashing Pumpkins were right up there with those bands.

Whole Lotta Blues: the Songs of Led Zeppelin/This Ain't No Tribute
Whole Lotta Blues: the Songs of Led Zeppelin/This Ain't No Tribute
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Price: £14.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long time since........, 18 Mar 2004
In the beginning was The Blues and they begat Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin begat all that rocked thereafter.
In this album we hear some classic Led Zeppelin tracks as they might have been. The album mostly hits the spot with some strong performances especially on the electric versions of the paired tracks, Custard Pie, When the Levee Breaks and Bring It on Home. Other highlights are Chris Thomas King's Hey Hey What Can I Do, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's Rock and Roll and Since I've Been Lovin You by Otis Clay. Eric Gales's version of Trampled Underfoot ain't too sloppy either, and the same can be said for his collaboration with otis Clay on I Can't Quit You Baby.
There are few longuers in this CD and I'm none too fond of You Need Love which bears no comparison with the over the top riff fest which is Whole Lotta Love. That aside, if you like Led Zeppelin and the Blues this CD is definitely worth checking out.

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