13 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Consisting of guitarist Jack Sandham and drummer Wednesday Lyle, the U.K. rock and soul duo Cowbell play a modern version of the vintage pop and R&B they love. “Tallulah” opens with a super-catchy chorus that becomes more pronounced as “Hanging by a Thread” goes from a single, pulsing new wave note to a full harmonic explosion for the chorus. The tightly compressed (but never over-compressed) sound is reminiscent of the economical and locked-in rhythm section behind those ‘70s Steve Miller Band hits, but it's done here with the garage still in the records. The duo's soul and R&B edges are less obvious than their power pop love, but those are audible on the grungy “Love Got Me Down,” the ramshackle, Cramps-like “Mississippi,” and the call-and-response of “Scratch My Baby.” The ballad “Castle Walls” gives Lyle a breather from her manic drumming so she can sing from her heart. “All in Good Time” turns down the amps for a subtler shuffle. “Every Dog Has Its Day” further looks into Sandham’s soul. It's beautiful, affecting stuff. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Consisting of guitarist Jack Sandham and drummer Wednesday Lyle, the U.K. rock and soul duo Cowbell play a modern version of the vintage pop and R&B they love. “Tallulah” opens with a super-catchy chorus that becomes more pronounced as “Hanging by a Thread” goes from a single, pulsing new wave note to a full harmonic explosion for the chorus. The tightly compressed (but never over-compressed) sound is reminiscent of the economical and locked-in rhythm section behind those ‘70s Steve Miller Band hits, but it's done here with the garage still in the records. The duo's soul and R&B edges are less obvious than their power pop love, but those are audible on the grungy “Love Got Me Down,” the ramshackle, Cramps-like “Mississippi,” and the call-and-response of “Scratch My Baby.” The ballad “Castle Walls” gives Lyle a breather from her manic drumming so she can sing from her heart. “All in Good Time” turns down the amps for a subtler shuffle. “Every Dog Has Its Day” further looks into Sandham’s soul. It's beautiful, affecting stuff. 

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