Soledad Brothers Soledad Brothers
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- Released: July 17, 2000
- Label: Estrus Records
- 1.Gospel According to John
- 2.What Hath God Wraught
- 3.The Weight of the World
- 4.Front St. Front
- 5.Lovin' Machine
- 6.Cadillac Hips
- 7.Shinning Path
- 8.Rock Me Slow
- 9.Handle Song
- 10.St. Ides of March
- 11.Sugar & Spice
- 12.I-75 Boogie
- 13.Do the Heartstopper
- 14.Gimmie Back My Wig
- 15.Mysterious Ways
The Soledad Brothers: Johnny Walker (vocals, guitar, harp, organ); Ben Swank (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Brian Olive (guitar); Meg White (percussion).
Recorded at 3rd Man Studios, Detroit, Michigan. Includes liner notes by John Sinclair.
Personnel: Meg White (percussion).
Liner Note Author: John Sinclair.
Recording information: 3rd Man Studio, Detroit, MI; Ghetto Records.
Guitarist/vocalist Johnny Walker presents a faux southern minister's drawl for much of the record, and while some of the tracks become repetitive ("Gospel According to John"), they are saved by Walker's Delta bluesman-derived style of fingerpicking between the bass and treble strings on his guitar. This helps to fill out the bass-less sound of the duo. Drummer Ben Swank keeps his playing straightforward for much of the record, adding fills only where they're needed ("Front St. Front," "Gimme Back My Wig"). Swank also knows where to add feeling and depth, such as on "The Weight of the World," where he only accents the first beat of every measure with his drums for the first half of the song until the tension builds and the full drum kit enters. Walker and Swank also manage to sound like a more threatening and haunting version of the "Play With Fire"-era Rolling Stones on tracks like "Mysterious Ways" and "Handle Song." This is a raw album that should be well liked by fans of the British Invasion and blues artists such as John Lee Hooker and Honeyboy Edwards. ~ Stephen Howell
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