What does it sound like?:
Well it sounds massive. Produced by RT (no Americana muso involvement as for the recent Jeff Tweedy and Buddy Miller collaborations), the sound is big beefy and rocky. Opening track “The storm won’t come” has piledriving power chords and a stonking guitar solo while Richard sings of his wish for an Amageddon like cleansing of the world – “Blow these sad buildings down, fire burn what fire may, rain to wash it all away”. So far, so Old Testament. The album is very much a band effort and track 2 starts with a syncopated drum heavy blast of riffing before “The Rattle Within” despairs at man’s inability to deal with his inner demons. More religious imagery here… Track 4 also mentions Armageddon, but this time with reference to the narrator’s all consuming possessiveness and defensiveness of his beloved – you can infer this is not the healthiest of relationships. He’s a fallen soul – early on we learn “as a kid I saw rainbows, but life turns you upside down, shakes the money out of your Wranglers, leaves you heaving on the ground”. In between wracked verses RT’s Stratocaster spits out a series of » Continue Reading.