What an album - I love it! First off, vocally, JD is a rock 'n' roll chameleon. Growly or smooth, it all sounds great. As far as influences, there's a lot of Little Richard and Jackie Wilson shining through. Oh yes, and the ghost of Bunker Hill's "Hide 'n' Go Seek" in the magnificent, stuttering "Wolf Teeth." My favorites are the scorchers: "Fire Bug," "Wolf Teeth," and "Scratching Circles." I've also been replaying the intense, genre-stretching numbers: "Signs and Signifiers" and "A Gentle Awakening." And for the unexpected surprise, the lyrics! There's a nice poetic bent here that reminds me of Chuck Berry - setting an atmosphere, conjuring an image, simply playing with the sound. "Rollin' the rock in the salt candy shop." Gold capped teeth, Chevrolets, bacon rinds, armadillos, crows ... they're all here. Bottom line: JD sounds like he's giving it his all, which is more refreshing than it should be; the band is tight; the sound is clear. Thanks, guys, for leavin' a little magic.
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