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Countrypolitan Favorites (Dig) CD (2007)

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Revealing and fulfilling set of cover songs

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 4/13/2007

After releasing a live album in 2006, this all-covers album could be a sign of creative roadblock. Instead it's a novel way for Southern Culture on the Skids to display their musical ethos and capture the zeitgeist of the times from which it sprung. The band's rockabilly, pop, country, blues, surf, swamp rock and roadhouse roots are served up here in both song selection and style, revealing something much deeper than a mere collection of songs from their record collections. Listening to cross-pollinations of The Kinks and Sir Douglas or Creedence and the Allman Brothers reveals how the band's influences grew into an overall musical approach, and at reinvents many of the classic songs they cover. ¶ This is a really fun album, from the rockabilly twang given to Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" and Spanish touches on Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love" to the raucous bar-rock take on Onie Wheeler's (by way of George Jones') ode to partner swapping, "Let's Invite Them Over." Guitars dominate on rock tunes from T. Rex's ("Life's a Gas") and The Byrds ("Have You Seen Her Face"), but not as you'd expect. The former is shoe-gazery, while the latter substitutes reverb for 12-string Rickenbacker. And though you might expect guitars on The Who's "Happy Jack," what you get is a superb banjo-and-fiddle hoedown. Throughout the album, the rhythm section kills, from the Creedence-styled workout of "Tobacco Road" to the driving rockabilly-countrypolitan arrangement of Roger Miller's "Engine Engine #9." ¶ The song list is anchored by several true countrypolitan gems, but the album's theme – as was countrypolitan's – is about the merging of cultures, high and low, town and country, and so on. The band's deep investment in the music, playing and production makes this anything but a novelty; it's a tribute to their heroes and a reflection of their deepest musical selves. The effortlessness with which they expound upon this vision is breathtaking, and the cohesiveness of the album is impressive. The greatest compliment I can give these CD is that the covers are interesting enough to keep me from reaching for the originals. [©2007 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Label Redeye Distribution
SKU 203989449
UPC 634457212428
UPC 14 00634457212428
Format CD
Release Date 2/20/2007
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Label Redeye Distribution
Music Format Compact Disc

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