NINJA GUN: Smooth Transition: CD

There is some simply awesome alt-country currently being recorded, probably best represented by Lucero, the Drive-By Truckers and a handful of other groups that seem to have a profound understanding that country is at its best when played in a drunken stupor or when it sounds like it was played in a drunken stupor. On the other hand, this album just fucking blows. Sure, there are some half-assed country riffs on here, but this is a rock record first (with liberal applications of generic pop punk influences) and a country album never. Imagine, if you will and if it doesn’t sound too revolting, the Riverdales playing country and you’ll have a somewhat decent idea of what this sounds like.

 –scott (Barracuda Sound)