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This review is from: Drill A Hole In That Substrate and Tell Me What You See (Audio CD)
To classify this as country seems like an arbitrary decision but it is too lyrical and traditional for post-rock and too mellow for alt. rock so progressive country it is. Drill has a loungy tone devoid of the hootenanny factor but it does tend to go over the top in the production area from time to time. Smooth and full of effort to expand the boundaries of country in most tracks, I believe White overextends himself in the process sometimes specifically on "Combing My Hair In A Brand New Style" which is styled after the Black Crowes' "Soul Singing" mixed with the Sopranos' theme. Each song is explored to the fullest, five out of ten going well over six minutes long, and the range of musical apparatus used like keyboards, bongos, an Irish flute, all manner of percussions, and pro-tools off-set the usual country line-up completely bending traditional notions and guaranteeing his videos will never be played on CMT. His lyrics pursue an Eels led depression with more of a "Jesus, what went wrong" edge to them. The guest appearance of Aimee Mann perfectly sets the tone of the album with her typically sullen croon on the first track and the Barenaked Ladies don't seem out of place here either although the album is definitely closer to her solo work than theirs. Aside from the combing incident, this is a strong album regardless of whatever genre you think this is. The question now becomes, will Blanche, Iron & Wine, and the like continue to push the barriers of their ancient genre or rest on their profitable achievements?