This is the fourth and last of Drivin' N' Cryin's quartet of chopped-up releases composing a full LP/CD (for previous in the series, look here, here, and here—and, no, I haven't a clue if a full-bore release will be issued or not…does it matter all that much?), and the publication of this five-spot will be followed by a tour in February and March. If you caught the earlier EPs, then you know this one has gotta be equally good, and the tour should be a well received affair all around. Frontman Kevn Kinney, a cynic and smart-arse (my kinda guy!), had, after years of sweat and disappointment, called it quits musically at the age of 24, but then redecided—in his own words, he was now "scarred but smarter". I'm not about to argue the guy 'cause this series represents exactly that: the latest in the band's evolution, starting in a country-rock/rock baseline and working out from there.
You already know the boys aren't as heavy as once they were, but that don' mean they cain't rock the house, Jeeter, especially as this string of releases has been a return to 60s through 80s roots, with Ray Davies and the later Kinks coming through with particular emphasis this time out. The first two cuts drip with that. I also detect some John Cougar Mellencamp here and there, but, really, the entire CD reads as denouement to what started in 2012, a long path into the sunset but ending with Jesus Christ, a Tom Cochrane / Red Rideresque song banging up the envelope as the deal's sealed—and, dammit, that fade-out on the tail-end, that Derek & the Dominos jam, shoulda been carried out for another three minutes at least! Again: I've no faintest idea whether the whole enchilada will be brought together in the near future, so my advice is that you grab all four discs and play 'em one after another in order to get the full snapshot of DNC at this point. I'm quite danged sure they'll be changing up once again next time around.
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