Posted by curtiseller on Tuesday, May 6, 2008
A Terrific Work Of Song Craftsmanship
(five stars) *****
From the first track to the last, this batch of songs by banjois Curtis Eller is his hardest hitting release to date. Like his previous full length album "Taking Up Serpents Again", this album is sure to please the Americana buff with a hankerin' for gutsy singing and crafted lyrics. Subjects like circus fires, assassins on the run, wirewalking, the greed of the well-to-do, and cries for help from the gas chamber are just a small example of the wealth of vocally illustrated lyrics on this record.
A great mix of songs from straight up rock, to Civil War era tunes, to slapback echo that could have come straight from the Sun recording studio circa 1956, Eller quenches the thirst of many, but leaves you pressing "Play All" over and over again. This time, to go along with his basic band, violin is a welcome addition to a few tracks. Some amazing lap and pedal steel playing really make "After the Soil Fails" and "Sweatshop Fire" shine, and of course, the tremendously strong background vocals we come to expect with each album, are there in fine form.
Favorite tracks include "Save Me Joe Louis", "The Curse of Cain", "Sweatshop Fire", and his sweet dedication to his daughter "Daisy Josephine". Each track is fantastic on it's own, but the whole album is recommended as a terrific work of song craftsmanship.
Baxter Jones- BEETLEJUICE 1988
New York, NY
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