Album Review: Drivin N Cryin – Songs for the Turntable
This longtime fixture of the Atlanta (and beyond) music scene has recently embarked upon a project in which leader Kevn Kinney puts together a handful of thematically-related tunes (usually including a cover here and there) in EP form. Songs for the Turntable is the fourth and final in this series. Like the previous three discs, it showcases the songwriter’s (and band’s) stylistic range.
The soft-n-jangly “Strangers” is vaguely reminiscent of R.E.M., though you can understand the lyrics. “Turn” is a rootsy riff rocker in the mold of the best 90s AOR with a Southern flavor. “Roll Away the Song” sounds like something Capricorn Records might well have been happy to release in the 70s. “Love is the World” is a singer/songwriterly number with baroque touches. “Jesus Christ” is a more or less throwaway Foghat-styled riff rocker wholly unrelated to the Big Star classic of the same name. (Here’s a review of the third and best EP, and here’s coverage of the first EP; the second’s very good, too.)
WNC residents take note: Drivin N Cryin will play a free “Downtown After Five” show in my hometown of Asheville NC on Friday, June 20.
Note: Due to an unusually full schedule last week and this week – you wouldn’t believe me if I told you – my posts will be a bit shorter than typical. Once the dust settles, my normal wordy posting will recommence.
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