woensdag 5 februari 2020

Gravel Road - Crooked Nation

Gravel Road - Crooked Nation
Knick Knack Records - 2020
Blues, Rock n Roll, Southern, Psych
Rated: ****

The blues are alive and well in fuzzed out fashion on Seattle outfit Gravel Road's eighth studio album, Crooked Nation. Touting a mix of Northern Mississippi blues and heavy rock and roll as their M.O., Gravel Road delivers a diverse and rollicking album of twangy licks, a combination of blown out and slide guitar, and tight drum shuffle. The album kicks off with heaps of boogie on the aptly titled opener "Got Me Movin'", nimble drums driving along gritty guitar fuzz and squealing slide. The pounding rhythms continue in highlight title cut "Crooked Nation Blues" with Neil Fallon-esque vocals to boot, but Gravel Road then take a hard left and dives into the country blues with "Got You On My Mind". Drums and vocals bounce along while guitars and harmonica make a groovy racket over top. The rest of the album similarly swings between extremes of rock and southern blues, creating a captivating dynamic whose inspiring genres and styles are flawlessly executed. Of particular note is the slow, nodding roll of "Cosmic Flowers" that slowly gives way to psychedelic guitar wah that fits like a glove. Gravel Road's Crooked Nation makes for a feel good, boot-stomping listen that shows a veteran band at the top of their impressive bluesy game.

(Written by Kyle / Shastabeast)

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