on September 17, 2010
This record single-handedly convinced me to love red dirt music. "Never Come Back" kicks things off right, showcasing a signature song that spent several weeks at the top of the Texas Country charts. "Don't Walk Away" and "Red Dress" both enjoyed extended stays on the charts as well, the latter featuring an incendiary guitar solo. "Bend But Don't Break" may be one of the catchiest "advice" songs ever written, even if it does rhyme "wishes" with "dishes". The real show-stopper, however, is "Breathe" - singer Steve Rice's plea to "do anything, anything to keep you warm, to keep you safe". You can feel the emotion coming through your speakers as he tells his woman "you're the air I breathe".
Drummer Armando Lopez plays with a crisp, compact feel that never gets in the way yet always accentuates and moves things right along - a technique he mastered on "Far From Everything". Understated, yet precise, he never overplays. Guitarist Jerry Payne is tasteful and capable of flashes of absolute brilliance like the afore-mentioned "Red Dress" solo. Now-departed guitarist/singer Brandon Jackson adds harmonies and quirky little guitar lines that catch you by surprise.
This record made No Justice get bigger by leaps and bounds, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the burgeoning red dirt music scene.