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on 6 March 2017
This is actually a really good album but unfortunately the quality of the vinyl is seriously poor, it sounds terrible which is why I can only give this 2 stars. If I was only reviewing the album itself I would give this a much higher rating, but on this format the album is unlistenable.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 September 2017
Take a base spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd, mix with a good measure of Definitely Maybe-era Oasis scuzzy guitars, add a dash of Springsteen style blue collar Americana, season with some Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie, and pour into a large glass engarved with the words "Make some noise". That is pretty much the recipe for the Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires cocktail as it appears on this album. It is a good a recipe for bottom shaking rock and roll as I've come across in some time. I heard the band for the first time at a festival this summer and they absolutely blew the other acts off stage.

The recording is resolutely lo-fi, to the point that the vocals get a little lost amidst the distortion. It is a little lyrically simplistic at times, (get to chorus and repeat) but that is made up for by the sheer energy and life affirming nature of the whole thing.
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Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are to be located in a proud linage of Southern Rock that stands in the tradition of the Allman Brothers to the Drive by Truckers. There first album "There is a bomb in Gilead" tickled this reviewers fancy not least soul stews like "Opelika" and the gentle alt country of "Roebuck County". Bains new album "De-reconstructed" is an altogether noisier and scuzzy affair somewhat akin to being hit over the head with a pool cue in a bar room fight. Here the bass is way down in the mix and guitars are so ragged that that they could chop wood. First track up "Company Man" takes no prisoners and would rouse the local environmental health department out of its lethargy if played on high volume. If anything the title track is even louder with echoes of the souther R&B of the Black Crowes and demonstrating real fire in the belly of this band. In this uproarious mix the band ponder the troubling question of what is the modern Southern Identity, the dichotomy of magnolia sweetness and meth labs. In songs like the ferocious "Burnpiles, Swimming holes" they come across like a mix of vintage Rolling Stones and the Stooges. When the whole thing slows down and takes a pause at the sixth track "Whats good and gone" its almost a blessed relief to pause for breath although that ignores the brilliant pile driving "The Weed Downtown" which immediately precedes it and is an album standout.

"Flags" is designed to revisit the turbulent hot spots of Southern history not least the journey from the antebellum South to women's clinic bombings. It is a rough and tumble, almost punk rock three minute anthem of a wonderful cacophony of noise. Finally the swampy "Mississippi Brother-land" shows that Mr Bains knows his Patterson Hood songbook well, whilst the last song "Dirt Track" is a funky old thing with a bit of a Tumbling Dice vibe thrown in for good measure. "De-reconstructed" is a nasty, noisy album full of heat and burning light conclusively demonstrating that the South will rise again. If you like your rock 'n' roll as dirty as a rugby scrum in a thunderstorm stop here.
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2014
firstly, I don't like the production on this album, especially listening to it on my iPhone as it sounds too muddy. The CD sounds much better, so be warned, listen on good equipment. This is the kind of Southern Rock I like loud, lyrically aware and with that little bit of a country soul feel. This is this band's second album and here they channel the Clash and the Replacements compared to their less raucous debut. The lyrics are still great, not anodyne but full of meaning and a particular Southern progressive sensibility giving you an album with references and influences that tell you that it comes from Alabama. Lee Bains lyrics express his affection for his home state but also what he would change about it, so you have the acerbic, Flags and We Dare Defend Our Rights paired with the more nostalgic The Kudzu and the Concrete and The Weeds Downtown. All songs written by someone who has an affection for his homeland while understanding the weight of its history and the effect that has on its present.
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on 10 March 2015
One of the new Southern Rock artists, Mr Bains and his band fire up music that links back to loads of 70s Southern rockers while sounding utterly fresh and up to date. The whole thing rocks like a ******. The lyrics meanwhile comment on life in the South with acerbic wit and fire.
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on 15 April 2016
Bought this album through the Amazon recommendation, definitely a great buy, have played it several times and it just keeps getting better.
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on 5 September 2014
Sounds like a good album with some good tunes - always liked a bit of raw southern rock. However, the (downloaded mp3) production is so bad that it just sounds like about 10 telecasters with the treble and volume turned to11 - I guess there are some vocals buried in there somewhere. Who ever decided to produce it like this must be crazy!. listened to it once got a headache and haven't bothered since. A really shame - was looking forward to the album especially after the write up in Guitarist mag. Would return it if I could but you can't with downloads. These guys need to realise that most people listen to this on portable devices and in cars. Gave it 3 stars but was hovering over the 2 stars as well.
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