First Appeared at The Music Box, November 1999, Volume 6, #11
Written by John Metzger
"We are constantly searching out old records for ideas and inspiration," acknowledges The Paladins' founding member Dave Gonzalez. Indeed, this is quite evident on the group's latest effort, Slippin' In. The album perfectly emulates the sound from an earlier era, and even the disc's cover is a throwback to the style frequently used on album covers throughout the '50s.
Not surprisingly, The Paladins musically embrace the rockabilly style. They blend elements of the Sun Records sound and borrow heavily from the likes of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and even Los Lobos. In fact, The Paladins are so good at capturing that '50s mood that were it not for the fact that Slippin' In was released on disc, it would be easily confused with albums that took the U.S. by storm over 40 years ago. Slippin' In is certainly simplistic in nature, yet in many ways, it's exactly what this techno-crazed society needs as it speeds into the next millennium.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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