Friday, April 30, 2010

Album Review : Medicine County - Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs 8*

For Fans Of : Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Hank Williams

Well here is a bit of honest to goodness tuneful weirdness, Bluegrass - Americana - Indie is the game as Holly Golightly boogies down in Southern style like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the barn dance from beyond.

Golightly mixes plaintive love songs, Two Left Feet, country meets gospel, When He Comes, outright weirdness on Escalators, a paean to moving stairways, and a great big splash of black humour on the Wreckless Eric cover Murder In My Mind with a lyric that could have come strait from the aforementioned Cave's Murder Ballads "I want to see you in concrete propping up a motorway bridge.

This is the third release from the band, Golightly and partner Lawyer Dave, and it is a witty and entertaining exploration of the darker and seamier side of Southern roots music. Even on the songs that have slightly happier lyrics, like Can't Lose, Golightly's vocal style is such that an element of doubt is injected.

Golightly's take on Americana certainly isn't a parody, it is far too well done for that, although you can't help but raise a smile as Lawyer Dave does his best John Wayne impression on Blood In The Saddle. This is a well crafted collection of Southern folk songs with a sharp twist, best country and western album for a while, and it's done by a Brit.

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