11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cody Jinks’ burly Texas twang, DIY metal past, and deep-seated reverence for the burlier, bar-brawlin’ side of country music shine through on his eighth album, Lifers—his first foray into working with a label. As such, there’s a lot riding on this one, but the former singer of Texas thrashers Unchecked Aggression rises to the challenge with a grizzled baritone and a devilish wink. The gospel-tinged opener “Holy Water” sets the pace for an album full of booze, sin, and self-reflection. “Must Be the Whiskey” is a vampy nod to Jinks’ outlaw forebears, and “Big Last Name” heads straight for the honky-tonk. But it’s on the acoustic “Stranger” where Jinks gets the most introspective, staring himself down in the mirror and thinking hard about what he sees.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Cody Jinks’ burly Texas twang, DIY metal past, and deep-seated reverence for the burlier, bar-brawlin’ side of country music shine through on his eighth album, Lifers—his first foray into working with a label. As such, there’s a lot riding on this one, but the former singer of Texas thrashers Unchecked Aggression rises to the challenge with a grizzled baritone and a devilish wink. The gospel-tinged opener “Holy Water” sets the pace for an album full of booze, sin, and self-reflection. “Must Be the Whiskey” is a vampy nod to Jinks’ outlaw forebears, and “Big Last Name” heads straight for the honky-tonk. But it’s on the acoustic “Stranger” where Jinks gets the most introspective, staring himself down in the mirror and thinking hard about what he sees.

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