First Appeared in The Music Box, August 2006, Volume 13, #8
Written by Tracy M. Rogers
Sat August 26, 2006, 12:00 AM CDT
Those who like raucous, late-night barrooms and Lynyrd Skynyrd-inspired Southern rock ought to enjoy Electric Rodeo, the latest release from Shooter Jennings, the progeny of Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter. Jennings may have made a splash with his debut Putting the O Back in Country, but its successor Electric Rodeo is far more rock-oriented and raw. Songs like the opening title track find him venturing into something akin to hard rock and heavy metal, while Gone to Carolina and Some Rowdy Women are rather run-of-the-mill country ballads on which Jennings draws upon classic rock as a musical influence. With its tongue-in-cheek lyrics about life’s disappointments, The Song Is Still Slipping Away is perhaps one of the more country-imbued songs on the album. Elsewhere, Little White Lines picks up the pace a bit with a meaty guitar riff and lyrics about hard living, while Alligator Chomp is an Allman Brothers Band-inspired blues rocker with guest vocals by the inimitable Tony Joe White. On Manifesto No. 2, Jennings and his backing band engage in an old-school, fiddle-driven romp, while Aviators is a tender, pedal steel-laced ballad that features a rather cheesy, spoken word lyric. Bad Magick, meanwhile, is a sweeping ballad that would suit most arena rock acts. Nevertheless, Electric Rodeo closes on a sour note with It Ain’t Easy, a piano-driven tune that sounds out of place. In the end, Electric Rodeo is a highly uneven album on which Jennings struggles to incorporate his influences. Even worse, it too frequently succumbs to lyrical cliché. ½
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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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