Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Walkabouts - New West Motel

Year of release: 1993
Genre: Rock/Folk/Alternative
Country: U.S.A.

01. Jack Candy
02. Sundowner
03. Grand Theft Auto
04. Break it Down Gently
05. Your Hope Shines
06. Murdering Stone
07. Sweet Revenge
08. Glad Nation's Death Song
09. Long Time Here
10. Wondertown (Part One)
11. Drag this River
12. Snake Mountain Blues
13. Findlay's Motel
14. Unholy Dreams

In a few words:
The driving forces behind The Walkabouts are Chris Eckman and Carla Torgerson - both on guitar and vocals. The band was formed in 1984 and is still active. Their sound is a mixture of punk, rock 'n' roll and folk music. "New West Motel" is their fifth studio album that was released as double LP in 1993. I think that the album is quite suitable for car listening: it has catchy songs, full of folk melodies and beautiful male and female vocals. The atmosphere is quite balanced: there are dark and some kind of melancholic songs, as well as uptempo rock 'n' roll songs that will cheer you up. The band is influenced from great folk/country musicians like Johnny Cash and Neil Young. Tip 1: in the special edition of "New West Motel" there is a cover of Neil Young's "Like A Hurricane". Tip 2: from 1996 and onwards Chris Eckman was the producer of all Midnight Choir albums. To sum up, "New West Motel" is an enjoyable album with interesting instrumentation. Give it a try... 

Personal highlights: 
"Your Hope Shines", "Long Time Here" and "Drag this River"