New edition of Reigning Sound’s 2011 LP Abdication… For Your Love here, courtesy of the good people at Merge Records. If you like your garage rock full of dinky organ melodies and delivered with a whole hunk of Southern charm, then this is right record for you. Reigning Sound main man Greg Cartwright has some serious songwriting chops, you know.

Limited Vinyl LP £19.49 MRG640LPC1

Red coloured vinyl reissue LP on Merge, cut at 45rpm.

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CD £11.49 BCR069CD

Reissue CD on Merge.

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Abdication... For Your Love by Reigning Sound
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5/10 Will 30 April 2019

Reigning Sound are a proto-punk, garage band from Memphis, Tennessee. Merge have reissued their 2011 EP 'Abdication... For Your Love’. It’s a collection of eight garage rock songs taking in 60s-style psych on ‘Everything I Do Is Wrong’, Dylan-inspired country jams like ‘Eve’, and taut rock ‘n’ roll on ‘Not Far Away’. Reigning Sound is the brainchild of bandleader Greg Cartwright. This EP was produced by Dan Auerbach and shares some of the dusty, roots-feel that the Black Keys have. My favourite track is 'Lyin' Girl' which has a killer organ line. Unfortunately, the album never really relives the quality of this first song. 

Although I like the energy of this record, everything still feels a little bit pastiche. These songs were written some fifty years ago by bands like The Gruesomes, The Music Machine, and The Ugly Ducklings. The songs on 'Abdication... For Your Love' are really just tepid impersonations. I really wanted to like this EP, because I love everything this album pays lip service to, such as the aggressive organ, the frenetic energy, and the snotty lyrics, but it's all too similar to bands that have come before. Greg, sort it out!



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