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The High Country ~ Richmond Fontaine
The High Country ~ Richmond Fontaine
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The High-Arts Country, 11 Sep 2011
Over the last five years Willy Vlautin (singer/songwriter in this veteran alt.country act) has released three exceptional novels. After (or because) of his success in this field, Vlautin & his band seem to have taken their already highly novel-esque approach to songwriting to even greater standards. Imagine if you will an Elmore Leonard novel set to music and your somewhere close.

Stories of murder, illicit romance & drug abuse all feature throughout the album and the piece as a whole works along the lines of a concept album, with each track moving the story along from is rather mundane beginings towards it's bloody conclusion. The story itself tells of a married mechanic by the… Read more
Slave Ambient ~ The War on Drugs
Slave Ambient ~ The War on Drugs
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Philadelphia has been responsible for some great things over the years. Benjamin Franklin, Grace Kelly, the eponymous cheesesteak and (of course) DJ Jazzy Jeff. But all these cultural greats may well have to take a back seat from this day forth, for you see Philadelphia can now lay claim to a success which has so far alluded 8 succesive US presidents including Richard Nixon, both George Bush Snr & Jnr, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Thats right folks, Philadelphia has won The War On Drugs. And long may it last.

The War On Drugs (the band now, not Nixon's 1971 crusade) really are the real deal. As american as apple pie, this is a band raised on the true greats that our friends… Read more
Elsie ~ The Horrible Crowes
Elsie ~ The Horrible Crowes
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallon's New Blue's, 9 Sep 2011
In a recent interview for Uncut magazine Brian Fallon (lead singer of Springsteen-acolytes The Gaslight Anthem and leader of this new project) described how his goal with forming The Horrible Crowes was to update blues & soul music for this new generation. A generation which, ironically enough, has certainly had it's fair share of 'traditional' blues singers such as the late Amy Winehouse or the recent output of welsh songstress Duffy (not in the Muddy Waters sense of blues tradition admttedly, but lets not be too pedantic shall we?). If this was his goal then he is to certainly be applauded for ambition, even if sometimes he does fall a little short of anything approaching a 'revolution'… Read more

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