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Brimming with a rockabilly-influenced brand of roots-meets-party rock, this group led by Mike D. sounds like it's been raised on a helping of Social Distortion, Steve Earle, and Chris Isaak, particularly on the lovely toe-tapping opener, "Gone." The slower ballad "Thousand to One" has enough Southern charm to recall the early Rolling Stones or the Black Crowes circa "Sister Luck." The midtempo "A Good Day to Be a Bad Husband" is a strolling, ambling affair that resembles a ragged Soul Asylum. The melodic "Pauline" is another nugget presented as Mike D. takes his time addressing the late girl of his dreams through his whiskey-soaked pipes. The truly great tune here, though, is the winding rock-meets-country gem entitled "Walkin'." Resembling Jagger circa "Wild Horses," Mike D. gives a great performance as a harmonica and backing vocals add a comforting touch. The title track forces the issue somewhat, as it's a raucous Zeppelin-esque Southern-fried blues-rocker. "Rachel Corrie" has a military backbeat while recalling a rowdier version of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." The lovely, humorous, yet extremely crude "Westboro Baptist Church" has a laid-back relaxing alt-country flavor. The finale is "Dust and Sun," a somber narrative that talks about the September 11 terrorist attacks and the aftermath from both sides.
Menace is a great album with all of the right stuff. If you like real country from real people with attitude, you will love this. I've seen them live in Denton, TX and as far as performance goes, they definitly walk the walk. Also, I am glad someone finally wrote something about Fred Phelps and Pat Robertson (highlighted in "Westboro Baptist Church"). Those people should burn.
Awful review above. Does anyone edit this stuff?
Seriously, whoever wrote the review for this CD, you gotta lighten up, dude. Have a drink or a smoke or sit on your hands or do whatever it is you do on Friday nights when you're home alone with your record collection. We get it, you're a music lover, but instead of trying to sound intelligent with vague, esoteric references to other bands, maybe you could tell us what what you liked about the music on this CD.
This has to be one of my favorite albulms, and I hated it at first. I'm glad I took the time to play it a few times, once Mike D gets into your system...LOOK OUT!!!! I had these songs spinnin in my head for days. LOVE it!
Years Active: '00s
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