NATURAL CHILD: Hard in Heaven: LP

This is either Natural Child’s third or fourth album, depending if the Bodyswitchers CD-R I have counts as an album. I got this in early 2013 but I believe it was supposed to be released in 2012, and was supposed to be the second of three LPs the band was hoping to release in 2012. Anyway, Natural Child is the current king of Southern boogie garage rock, which is the only way I can think to describe them (they’re not garage per se and not straight-up rock, but they are Southern). The opening two tracks are a bit more straight-forward punk-y chuggers, not unlike their first 7”. On my first few listens, I had trouble hearing the bass, which on all other Natural Child recordings is the real lead instrument (not to slag the other guys, but as a bass player myself, I’ve got a soft spot for bassists who take the lead). Late one night I was listening to Hard in Heaven at a low volume on account of not wanting to wake my girlfriend up and then I really heard the bass. So maybe this record is meant to be played at a low-to-moderate volume? Only song I don’t like is the excessively long title track that closes out the first side.

 –Sal Lucci (Burger)