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“Before the Drive-By Truckers got in gear, when Ryan Adams was still settling in Whiskeytown, the Bottle Rockets were setting off musical M-80s as perhaps the most underappreciated roots-rock/Americana band of the mid-‘90s.” -REUTERS/HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B002BANDF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Long Way
2. Shame On Me
3. Nothin' But A Driver
4. Hard Times
5. Done It All Before
6. Open Your Eyes
7. Kid Next Door
8. The Way It Used To Be
9. Get On The Bus
10. Slip Away
11. Solitaire
12. Give Me Room

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Lean Forward continues the Rockets' creative resurgence ignited by 2006's Zoysia. Reunited with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, the Bottle Rockets do what no other band does better--look into the hearts and minds and faces of the dying small towns in America and crafts populist anthems with the sympathetic eye of Woody Guthrie and sonic stomp of Crazy Horse. They are songs that demand the windows be rolled down and the volume turned up. And with the hooks, you'll wonder how they make such problems sound so good!

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She told me she liked the music on my CD player, I told her I wanted to Rocket her Bottle.
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There are just enough love songs and cautionary tales about relationships to round things out, but the album ends out on the highway again with "Give Me Room."
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He's basically the John Lennon of alt-country, with his witty sense of humor and clever autobiographical lyrics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jay Vee on August 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Bottle Rockets are back again with their newest release "Lean Forward." The title suggests the idea of engagement, something this album does well. From the first blazing notes of "The Long Way" until the slow fade to black ending of "Give Me Room," Lean Forward engages the listener with well crafted songs, crisp tones and production (thanks to producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel), and clever lyrics that speak in simple terms, diving below the surface to uncover images of real life in middle America. On "Nothing But a Driver," songwriter and frontman Brian Henneman sings about working a job delivering cars for a wage that "might lead some to suicide." It begs the question "am I happier than you are? I guess I'll never know..." allowing the listener to consider how one might define personal success. Another high point of the record is the track "Hard Times," a realistic and yet optimistic look at life when the bills are late and the well is dry. Singing "I'm not broke down, I'm just out of gas" reminds us that hard times do in fact come and go, and we do what we can to get through.
Other excellent tracks include "Get On The Bus," a raucous foot stomper that's as much CCR as it is dixie, with choice slide guitar work by guitarist John Horton.

I've been a Bottle Rockets fan for a few years now, and this release is like a blast of fresh air through the heavy summer haze. In pure rock ethic, it rivals earlier releases like The Brooklyn Side and 24 Hours a Day; in complexity and emotion it rivals the 2006 release Zoysia (Stephen King's top pick of the year).

If you've never heard the Bottle Rockets before, this is as great a place as any to discover just how much of a gem this band is to American music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2009
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This album is by the Bottle Rockets which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it in the CD player, that's when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the CD would play on my Audiovox compact disc player, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the CD on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the tunes on my CD player that I, like a roots-rocker, am a mysterious loner who knows how to 'howl at the moon' from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called meth. I told them no, because they didn't have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a Bottle Rockets album shouldn't settle for the first thing that comes to him.
I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my disc player would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the music on my CD player, I told her I wanted to Rocket her Bottle. She offered me a swig from her Mountain Dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling alongside out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you Bottle Rockets, Lean Forward compact disc.

Pros: Fits my compact disc player, has Bottle Rockets on it, attracts women
Cons: Only 12 songs (could probably use a few more on the 'b-side'), cannot hear songs when CD player's batteries die, cover would have been better if it glowed in the dark.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on August 15, 2009
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Brian Henneman's Bottle Rockets have been around a while, and as Brian and company have stepped gracefully into middle age their music has grown with them. This is tough rock n roll in the most traditional sense, a melodic blast to the gut that you can sing (or shout) along with. Henneman's music sounds startlingly unique however, due in large part to a lyrical perspective that blends wisdom with humor and provides enough details to make the stories feel very real. Henneman is a national treasure and it's a shame that the Rockets aren't better known. In a year of great releases, this will be in my top 2 or 3 faves. It'll also stick with me for years to come. What a way to close out the summer - a gift for the fans and a record for the ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 10, 2012
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Sorry to be a party pooper, but I gotta agree with "Charlie C" --- this album is just not that special, especially when compared to their older recordings. Its starts off with a band: the album's opening tune, "The Long Way," is a prime Bottle Rockets rave-up. Great stuff. But after that, the tunes are a mixed bag. Some try too hard to be rockin' and wild (and too loud), and on others the lyrics are too trite and full of cliches. This causes me to do something that I rarely do when playing a CD: I start skipping tracks. The good tunes outweigh the filler on this album, but there's just not enough to make me love this album. Still, you have to appreciate the enthusiam and spirit of this band. Other fans obviously like this album a lot, but if you haven't heard this band before, I don't think this is the one to start with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Breplica on October 5, 2009
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Lean Forward falls in at third on my list of favorite albums by The Bottle Rockets, just behind "The Brooklyn Side" and "24 Hours A Day". If you're a fan of those two albums you won't be disappointed here. Eric "Roscoe" Ambel is back in the producers chair and it shows. Ambel is obviously the most effective producer at capturing the Brox in all their glory. If you aren't familiar with The Bottle Rockets, Brian Henneman -the principal songwriter of the band- is a great guitarist and one of the most talented musicians the alt-country genre has to offer. He's basically the John Lennon of alt-country, with his witty sense of humor and clever autobiographical lyrics.

"Hard Times" off of Lean Forward is a great example of Henneman at his best, and it's a catchy radio-friendly rocker to boot. The lyrics on "Hard Times" reveal a character (most likely Henneman himself) in a financial struggle with a need to express his ordeal with a blazing guitar lick and a little blue-collar humor. Here he personifies his poor financial situation and himself as an automobile "I aint broke down I'm just out of gas" but optimistically contends that he'll eventually pay back the debt he owes. "Hard Times" is easily as good as, or better, than other Bottle Rocket's classics such as Radar Gun, Nancy Sinatra, Indianapolis, and Gravity Fails.

There is no shortage of great radio-friendly material on Lean Forward. "Get on the Bus" is an upbeat country flavored tune about everyday folks just trying to tolerate each other on a bus ride home form work. Musically it's reminiscent of early Skynyrd tunes like "Things Goin' On" or their cover of "Call Me the Breeze".

The newer members of this band also come through with great contributions here.
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