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- Tennessee & Other Stories by Hans Chew
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 August 2010
Immediately on playing the first track this catches the ear with a nagging melody and a laid back country feel. This is the piano man from D. Charles Speer & the Helix and features members of Sunburned Hand of Man and No Neck Blues Band. The first two tracks blast along in unstoppable style, reminding me of ace country thrashers such as Trampled by Turtles. So why is the rest of the LP such a let down? Probably because after track 3 the piano ballads start up in earnest. There's a lot of honky tonk going on, sounding worryingly like Elton John. "The wrong side of country" is Brian's succinct description and he's probably right, that said it does have some fine moments where the music is stretched out and a kind of experimental country pop takes charge with nods towards The Court and Spark and Richard Buckner. Frustrating.
8/10 Andrew Byrom Customer review, 13th December 2010
I bought this LP after hearing 'I Would There Was A Train (Tennessee Part 3)' on a recent freebie CD with Uncut magazine. This is a great track and for me the stand out track on the album. I've got to admit I didn't expect so much piano on the album, as it's not normally my thing (I don't believe piano / keyboards belong in R&R!). However, two listens in and I'm hooked, 'Long Time Man' is a great Tim Rose cover. I understand where Clint's coming from with his review, side 2 is piano ballad overload. Though I don't think it tails off that much, repeated listens definitely opens up more and more depth to the tracks.
5 stars for 'I Would There Was A Train (Tennessee Part 3)' and overall a solid 4 stars.
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