First Appeared at The Music Box, December 2000, Volume 7, #12
Written by John Metzger
To put it simply: The Riptones draw largely from the honky-tonk revelry of Junior Brown and the rockabilly rants of The Blasters. Staying in this vein for their their fifth release Buckshot, the band lays down eleven more tracks full of toe-tappin’, beer-swillin’, good-time fun.
Rebel Rock Armageddon glistens with gleeful bass-slappin’ giddiness; the instrumental title track shimmers with effervescent exuberance; and Plastic Love bounces along like Jim Morrison covering Elvis Presley. The highlight of this set, however, is the album’s final track Burdett’s Pond. Here, The Riptones deliver a lovely ballad that transcends time and space in order to bring Gram Parsons back to life.
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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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