Hard Luck Stories
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narrator/character, have always been blurry with Reilly, but never more than now. Reilly's a raconteur; to be sure, his songs ache and explode with a gritty realism to which everyone can relate on some level. A groove oriented, melodic album, corroded R & B, furious punk-blues, lounge-pop and classic rock, features a duet with Shooter Jennings "The War On The Terror And The Drugs". David Lowery of the band Cracker also joined Reilly in the studio.
is always worth listening to. --USA Today
Ike Reilly is probably the best songwriter in America. --PopMatters.com
...lyrical genius... --LA Times
Top Customer Reviews
Ike is a master storyteller, and the Assassination is a damn tight rock and roll band.
Ike's CD's tend to have a handful of standout tracks, mixed in with really good songs that just might not resonate as strongly.
The aptly titled Hard Luck Stories is no different. A dozen or so brilliantly written songs, telling stories about people you know.
Stories about Everyman, if Everyman isn't lucky with the ladies, has eccentric friends, a working class job, and knows that this is his lot in life.
My biggest problem with this CD, and most of Ike's other work, is that I'm constantly torn between wanting to sing along at the top of my lungs as I drive down the interstate, or just listening silently to wonderfully written rock and roll short stories.
Girls in the Backroom
7 comes 11
War on Terror and The Drugs
Screw it, they're all great tracks, every damn one of `em.
Ike's live shows are really fun. His band is awesome and energetic. Except for Ed, who is awesome but not energetic. Ike's a really funny guy, in addition to a great songwriter and singer. That comes through in many ways on the album, not the least on his duet with the great prog pop genius Shooter Jennings.
I'm not really gonna try to tell you about the music, but if you like your rock served up with a healthy set of lyrics, Ike may have ya covered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To my point, Hard Luck Stories is the best of Ike Reilly up till now. He keeps on with his fresh lyrics, as he did in his previous releases, really worked in comparision with what... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by PETER
Ike's a whole lot of fun. Great lyrics with a really biting satirical edge, catchy hooks, unusual voice (sounds like Freedie Johnston but much fiercer). Highly recommended.Published on May 17, 2010 by William H.