An album perfectly described by its title, this is a good-natured full-throated balkan-influenced knees-up. An unashamedly theatrical and brazenly vaudevillian entertainment conjuring up images of a debauched travelling show for your delectation and delight. If you can imagine Shane MacGowan getting it down with DeVotchka you won't be too wide of the mark.
Standout tracks include the infectious rock n' roll romp 'Always Out', 'No Bail Blues' 'Getting Hot Going Down' and, best of all, 'Stole My Dog' - a bitterly sardonic reflection on a failed romantic relationship.
You never lose the sense, though, that the whole shebang is basically an elaborate act, a carefully staged piece of theatre, rather than a life actually lived by its creators. But for all that, it's impressively choreographed and enormously enjoyable.
Anyone already aware of this band will know what they're getting - raucous rock n roll, stomping rockabilly style tunes, and some southern US type swamp rock - but it's not bluesy at all.
not that it's necessarily a bad thing, as there are plenty of bands doing 'authentic' blues, and I think this blend of styles is exciting to listen to, and lots of fun.
listening to the mix of songs will have you either tapping your feet, jumping around, or wishing you were in a bar looking at the bottom of a glass through a double JD, but always with a sardonic smile.