Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Album Review: "Gettin' Down On It" Left Lane Cruiser

Album Review: "Gettin' Down On It" 2010 Hillgrass Bluebilly Records
Artist: Left Lane Cruiser
Original Link: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2010/11/clearing_out_the_mailroom_mond_4.php
Blog/Paper: The Dallas Observer
Writer: Kelly Dearmore

Left Lane Cruiser (Fort Wayne, IN)
Gettin' Down On It (Hillgrass Bluebilly)

Demonic grunts and Vaseline-thick licks are ready to greet when this re-released disc opens with the startling "Big Mama." In this age where The Black Keys are legitimate festival headliners, this is a two-man blues-rock band that doesn't seem to be concerned with much else than frightening those who dare listen. The mix of delta blues, surging punk and the greasy drippings from a well-worn frying pan manages to produce a pace that ebbs at times, yet always seems to be flowing profusely, regardless. In what is obviously a trend in the mailroom this week, the titles contained in this collection are beyond telling. Among them? "That Ass," "Pork N' Beans," and "Shotgun Wedding." As with so many two-man acts, the sound can devolve into a one-dimensional state after a few tracks, but the incendiary slide guitar that scorches many of the songs keeps things just dangerous enough, so as to continually engage rather than bore. I made it: all the way through track No. 11, "Heart and Soul."

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