When I received a message about a new Left Lane Cruiser album, it took me approximately 2.3 seconds to respond that I would like a review copy. I'm happy to report, loyal reader, that I am not disappointed.
The album begins with with some wonderfully fuzzed-out guitar and primitive drums in "Zombie Blocked." Then about a minute into the song comes a harmonica part that reminds me of Five Horse Johnson. So, after two minutes is already pretty good with fuzzy guitar and harmonica. Then about two minutes into the song, comes an instrumental that sounds like the guys in the band are channeling R.L. Burnside. That's never a bad thing. Oh, and since the song is about zombies, I would love to hear it worked into an episode of The Walking Dead.
If you're looking for a serious groove, check out the song "Neighborhood." The vocals are lowdown and gritty, the guitar is wicked, and all the while the drummer pounds out a rhythm that will get your head (and quite possibly other body parts) moving. Frankly, if this song doesn't get you moving, I don't know what will. That's certainly not the only song that will get you moving. "Be So Fine" is pretty good for that too. The slide guitar in this one will get you dancing in your chair (or on your barstool if your watering hole has Left Lane Cruiser on the jukebox).
The amazing thing about this band is that the sound is produced by only two guys. The way the sound seems to surround you when you listen, it certainly seems like more than guys are in the band. Frankly, other bands should take a lesson from Left Lane Cruiser. When it's time to record, just go into the studio and knock it out. Don't let some producer convince you that you need to do a dozen versions of a song. Just imagine if Left Lane Cruiser ever succumbed to that. I doubt the band produce the raw, raucous blues sound we've come know if they gave in to some producer.
This album has so many things to love: slide guitar, harmonica, primitive drums, growled vocals, and a gritty blues that acts as a punch in the nose to all the pop rubbish that surrounds you every day). I'll say it for the record. This album is a strong contender for the list of my favorite albums of 2013.