MOVING TARGETS: Humbucker: LP/CD

The first two things to grab me about this release were the cover art and the opening track “The Hole,” both of which are top notch. The cover is a photo of the length of a slightly lit guitar from the bottom end up and “The Hole” is a sublime song featuring an excellent opening riff, lyrics in about a third of the track, and a great solo leading to the end. I’d go as far as saying it’s my favorite song of the year. This is the second album from the rejuvenated Moving Targets with Ken Chambers wielding his guitar and vocals with the same aplomb as he has done throughout his career. The new rhythm section, which also featured on the predecessor Wires, is tight as hell and totally effective in adding drive and punch to the songs. Chambers’s voice comes across with a melancholic tone, even in the up-tempo efforts where there is a sense of a laidback quality in his delivery. Another standout track is “Believer” which in turn has melodies that remind me of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” and Hüsker Dü’s “Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely.” I am hoping that the world returns to normal soon and that Moving Targets return to the U.K. also. This is very good, indeed. –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, [email protected], bosstuneage.bigcartel.com / Dead Broke, [email protected], deadbrokerecords.com)