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Album Review

High Life High Volume is an early vote-getter for Best Album Title of the Year. But it's also the Forty-Fives' strongest statement yet. Like that old Mono Men stuff, or any of the trashy garage types associated with Memphis' Shangri-La Records, the Forty-Fives carry their influences in a beer cozy holster. But on cuts like "Who Do You Think You Are?," "Bad Reputation," and "Junkfood Heaven," the Atlanta quartet put enough of themselves in there to make it a whole new drink. Bryan Malone's vocals are as gritty as ever, and Trey Tidwell's keys are a constant highlight. The band gets all soulful and broken mannish with the Stones-style "Too Many Miles" (nice horn section!), and tosses out a great, loosey-goosey instrumental with the sax and keys-flavored "Backstage at Juanita's." Recording High Life with Jim Diamond in Detroit gave them access to the city's rockers, with Dirtbomb Mick Collins contributing some harmonica and Siren Deanne Iovan in a brassy duet with Malone on "Daddy Rolling Stone." "C'mon Now Love Me" is your standard bottle-shattering-against-chicken-wire rave-up, and "Bicycle Thief" is a mildly country slide guitar workout. High Life High Volume won't change the world, but it'll get you through the week til the next Saturday night. It's a well-done, sonically varied album in a genre that too often sticks to what's drunk or unimaginative. Recommended.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Atlanta's resident rock revivalists the Forty-Fives consist of guitarist/vocalist Bryan Malone, bassist Mark McMurtry, organist Trey Tidwell, and drummer Adam Renshaw. After spending most of 1999 on tour with like-minded artists such as Link Wray, Wayne Kramer, the Dickies, Pansy Division, and Marky Ramone, the group released their debut album, Get It Together, on Artemis Records in early 2000. Two years later, after a lengthy tour around the country, they stopped at Sun Studios in Memphis and put...
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