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CD/DVD Reviews » Jack Rabbit Slim - Hairdo's & Heartaches

Track List:

1. Hairdos & Heartaches
2. Shake Rag
3. The Gift
4. Skin
5. Sentimentally Yours
6. I Need You
7. Everydays Gonna Be Like Yesterday
8. Typhoon
9. The Prisoner
10. 21st Century Bettie Page
11. High N Mighty
12. Time Is A Wastin

Jack Rabbit Slim
Hairdo's & Heartaches
Western Star (2010)
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Possible Styles: rockabilly
Submitted by: rockinev.
Publication date - 19 January 2010

They’re back with album number 4,twelve new tracks including 11 originals, red hot and smouldering songs that burn their way right through you, this rock n roll is dangerous.

The scene today is full of bands doing the same thing; the same covers, ‘the authentic ‘50’s sound’, what JRS do is push the boundaries and challenge what you think this music is all about. Trust me this album is good, very good it’s what rockabilly needs more of, in a word, originality.

They have set about taking all of their influences from the varying rockin’ genres and beyond to meld them into something unique and distinctive mixed with the often witty and risqué lyrics of Bob’s and you have ‘Sleazeabilly’.

The album has a different feel to the previous ones, each track sounding very different in style, the title and opening track is light feeling melodic early ‘60’s sounding rock n roll number, of lost love and heartache. Shake Rag is a full out blues bopper. The Gift opens with a nod towards Hank Mizell a good heavy bass line bopper, great sharp guitar breaks.

Skin is very risqué and one that I will have to skip if the family are in the car! Then Sentimentally Yours brought Gene Vincent to mind in his bluesy ballad style the band appears to take on a Blue Caps sound. We are then catapulted to the 1960’s with Ray Davies’ I Need You, this one really does push those boundaries.

Everyday’s Gonna Be Like Yesterday returns to a more gentle sounding rockabilly the bass and drums have a light touch the guitar melodic, to me it has a James Burton feel and sound on some of his Rick Nelson numbers that early ‘60’s rock n roll or even modern country I could hear someone like Dwight Yoakam doing this.

Typhoon sees us in more familiar JRS territory a great rockin romp with searing guitar and slapping bass, a rumbling bass note in the background, certainly one to play loud. The Prisoner tells the tale of someone put away for his crimes, it’s hard and dirty just like its lead character. 21st Century Bettie Page is great sleazy song about a stripper.

Then High & Mighty is probably one of the highlights of the set clever lyrics about a girl who thinks too much of herself, sounding like Morrisey / The Smiths when they are not in full misery mode. The albums ends with Time Is A Wastin’ on which Sue Moureno can be heard this is a straight forward rockabilly number.

The musicianship throughout is first class, the lyrics clever, the more you listen to it the more grows on you. I hope it gets the national airplay it deserves, I think JRS and Western Star have a potential huge hit on their hands with this, given the right exposure it will cross genres. The band have a long term residency in London soon and I hope that it gives them a platform to re-launch Rockabilly to the wider world.

I look forward to seeing Bob and the boys on the road somewhere soon.

Rockin Nev

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