Southern Culture on the Skids
First Appeared at The Music Box, February 2004, Volume 11, #2
Written by John Metzger
Mon January 26, 2004, 12:00 AM GMT
Shortly after releasing its self-titled debut in 1985, Southern Culture on the Skids was tagged as a rockabilly band, although subsequent outings have proven that the group has even greater aspirations for its music. Elements of surf, soul, swamp, country, and good, old Southern rock now routinely pervade its songs, and not surprisingly, its latest gambit Mojo Box continues this trend. Throughout the album, bandleader Rick Miller utilizes a myriad of vintage guitars and amps in order to concoct an outing that seems as if itís been plucked from another space in time. There are bits of everything from the Georgia Satellites to Lynyrd Skynyrd to the B-52s muddling around the collectionís sonic wavelengths, though most of the material falls squarely within the era of í60s rock, sounding like a hybridization of Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Rivieras. Millerís lyrics arenít deep, but one wouldnít expect that anyway, meaning Mojo Box is simply a fun-filled affair that offers the perfect soundtrack for a rowdy Saturday night.
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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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