In several critiques in recent months, I've been opining that the EP format has taken on a more utilitarian and definitive aspect. This is quite evident in Drivin 'n Cryin's latest, the first of a series of four over a 12-month period; a schedule one supposes may well end up as a full release…though that poses new questions, such as "Will fans want to buy a re-release of what they already have?" This remains to be seen, but, judging from the juggernaut opening cut here, Dirty, I doubt the band will have much trouble vending each EP as it emerges. The song has muscle and speed and quite nicely presages the general tone of the entirety of Songs from the Laundromat, because Ain't Waitin' Tomorrow, it's brother, is equally raucous and ebullient. Don't know what kinda dietary change the band has decided upon, but it obviously put a good deal of fire in its gut. Even the more sedate REM is yet a rolling escapade with great backing vocals and a kind of American style of Chieftains sonority to it, peppered with the old Georgia Satellites and maybe just a skosh of the Waterboys. The band's been around for a while, released about 10 CDs, with leader Kevn Kinney putting out 10 of his own, and this EP very strongly signals a newer, grittier, we gots us some new tricks we wanna show ya kind of feel. If past efforts didn't quite put the ensemble in the limelight, the materials here should. Very very strong and very very committed.
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