5/10 Clinton Staff review, 19 June 2014
Hardworking and prolific. Just two of the ‘compliments’ made about Will Johnson’s Centro-Matic in the press release.
Despite the Robert Pollard-like prolificacy, the band are much more indebted to the southern rock boogie style of Drive By Truckers and Richmond Fontaine. I’m finding little to enjoy in the first half of the record. ‘Salty Disciple’s synths are surely a bad idea on what is to all intents and purposes bar-room music and as the chorus threatens to explode, the hooks are just not big enough to catch the ear. Side B has more tracks and more energy but the lumpen production does the songs little favour. I normally find something to enjoy on these type of ‘Uncut-sponsored’ rootsy guitar slinging records but not here.
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