Are you kidding me? I’m gonna review a country album in Razorcake? That’s crazy. But I have a confession to make. I was raised on country music. Some really horrible stuff like Glen Campbell, but also great stuff like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and David Allen Coe. When my parents’ record player broke, I stole their Hank Williams Sr. album. It made me realize that the music that’s called country these days is just pop with a southern accent, and that country music, as a genre, can be pretty good. And Slim Cessna’s Auto Club has their shit down tight. They learned a lot from early country pioneers like Hank Sr. and Jimmy Rodgers, and they put together songs that make me daydream about hopping a freight train or driving a truck. The songs are slow, sure, but they’re so well layered with accordion and banjo and everything else that the songs are never boring. And there’s something really cool about a guy who can play a pedal steel guitar well. Anyone who’s been listening to punk rock will admit that you can’t listen to punk rock all the time or you’ll get burned out. Every now and then, you need something to cleanse your musical palette. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is perfect for that.
–sean (Alternative Tentacles)