The first reviewer has got the measure of this CD about right - it's a really unusual blend of different musical styles (I'd have added folk rock and drone-style Blues to the list but what the heck) - that works very well indeed. Songs like Lazy Susan represent the heavier side of Oakley Hall (at times this song could be the Velvet Underground if it wasn't for the odd Byrds-style guitar lick). Over against this is their great "hell fire" version of the traditional folk song House Carpenter which sounds a bit like a really heavy version of Fairport Convention's classic late Sixties folk rock, or the off-kilter Alt Country of Bury Your Burden with its bongos (?!) and banjo-style guitar that throw you right off guard after the heavier stuff and before the extended (seven and a half minutes) full-on psychedelic rock guitar and fiddle shimmers of If I Was In El Dorado with its harmony singing and anthem chorus.
However, what the previous reviewer doesn't identify are the fact that there are some great lyrics on some of these songs - Living In Sin In The USA and Nite Lights, Dark Days for example. It's all too rare to get funny, thoughtful lyrics that play with the expectations of Country music and then take off somewhere quite different (a lover like a pony on coke indeed!) with strong singing and great music so I'll go for the full five stars rather than just the four.
I picked up this album a few days ago after hearing good things about them and i wasn't disappointed. A mix of country, psychadelia, krautrock, blues, folk, everything is thrown into the mix to make what may sound like a mess but is really rather good.
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