MOJOMATICS, THE: Songs for Faraway Lovers: CD

My first taste of this Italian two-piece, their Nothin’ About Nothin’ 7”, remains my favorite. Take Americana—folk, roots, hillbilly, blues—light a too-short fuse and have it almost explode in your hands and that’s what that little slab reminded me of. You knew what’d happen, but it was closer to danger and faster than expected. (Two elements in music I admire.) This full-length doesn’t slouch, but it’s different and not as compulsive listening. It’s “sexier.” Slower paces. More Beatles. More porch time instead of standing on their tippy toes and rock-lobbing. In conclusion, an excellent evening-winding-down record instead of the “get out some sharp scissors ‘cause we’re about to cut a rug” collection of songs. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but definitely not bad.

 –todd (Alien Snatch)