When the missus—no slouch reviewing CDs in her own economically, indomitable way, ie: "cocktail coaster" or "masterpiece"—comments "That's hot!"
Well, I have got to pay attention, if for nothing more than domestic survival.
The hot track we're discussing is Springsteen's I'm On Fire the opening track on this, Manx & Breit's Stony Plain debut. Knopfler-ish throughout, In Good We Trust holds a smoky, languid sway, with Breit's laid-back Robbie Robertson rasp bringing an inviting, lived in intimacy to the vocals.
Both partners share the vivid instrumental work which features a worldly array of string instruments including the exotic, Indian 20 string slide guitar known as the mohan veena. It's sitar like wash ringing behind the otherwise darkly rural take on the traditional 'Death Have Mercy.' Add lap slide, resonator, mandola, national steel, and kick drum and you've got yourself one very virtuoso disc.
Though nothing earth shattering informs the four instrumentals (save the percussive, bluegrass swing of the title track) songs like the playful Bottom of The Hill; the swampy slither of Steal 6 and the ruminative Hang On delivers the definite promise that both men may be just as good at songwriting as they are on their instruments.
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