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Album Review

The Black-Eyed Snakes draw their inspiration from the rawest of the raw electric Mississippi blues, as well as from a couple of less-apparent sources (Moby and the Fall?). Aside from the short and sweet closing ditty, "Cheerios on the Floor," It's the Black-Eyed Snakes wallows in abrasively distorted revivalist blues of the creepy and dark variety. Who would've expected Alan Sparhawk to sing, much less pen, a murderous tale about the consequences of adultery called "8-Inch Knife"? Chock-full of blues standards, modern covers, and plenty of original cautionary tales (it's been described as having Saturday night and Sunday morning rolled into one hotly visceral experience), the record could've failed to exceed the status of a silly one-off novelty. What saves it from that dire fate and heightens the expectations of a follow-up is the band's chemistry, attitude, and their ability to have fun with their audience. To wit, It's the Black-Eyed Snakes is enhanced with a Quicktime video of the band playing live at one of the seediest bars in Duluth. So if you've ever wanted to actually see Sparhawk banging his head to a thunderous washtub beat while howling over some of the dirtiest blues riffs this side of the Fat Possum roster, you're in luck. But be ready to have a good time; the Black Eyed Snakes are as sweaty and rowdy as a summer night on Beale Street, and about as crazy as a naked romp in a chicken coop.

Customer Reviews

Sweet album

This is a pretty good album the first few times you here it its realy raw blues and if you like this you should listen to the black keys there great. I like this band but its not the best

Awsome Album

This is a great album if your into modern blues or classic rock. It has a great new fresh sound. The guitar has great riffs and a few break out solos and the distorted mic makes it that much better. If you just want to sample them i would suggest Chicken Bone George" its a very catchy song and I cant stop listening to it!!!

So awesome

The Black-Eyed Snakes are the essential blues-punk band. Classic blues riffs and movements, fused with the raw, loud punk attitude. I listen to a lot of blues-punk bands, but these dudes really hit it home for me.

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