Look Out

发行时间:2007-06-19
发行公司:华纳唱片
简介:  by Mark Deming   While the Hackensaw Boys have earned a reputation as a "weird bluegrass band" in the manner of   Hayseed Dixie   or   Split Lip Rayfield   on their fifth album Look Out they sound less like a band playing with the formula of acoustic country music than a bunch of guys who love the genre but aren't afraid to play fast and hard when the spirit moves them (and it does often). As pickers, the Hackensaw Boys aren't exactly   the Del McCoury Band   but their chops are at least as good (if not better) than the average act you'll see at a bluegrass festival, and they sound like a band, with a strong ensemble feel that more than compensates for their (very) occasional rough spots. The Hackensaw Boys can play at warp speed on tunes like "F.D.R.," "Sweet Petunia" and "Gospel Plow," but they can also connect on more measured material, and mid-tempo songs like "Baltimore" and "Hobo" demonstrate the strength of their songwriting chops, which avoid rural clichés in favor of honest but heartfelt stories of Appalachian life. The production on Look Out is simple and effective, capturing the details of the performances without adding too much gloss, and the finished project is a record that proves musicians can respect tradition without letting it hold them back. Look Out is bluegrass played with the touch of sincere acolytes as well the spirit of a rough-and-ready garage band, and the Hackensaw Boys are the rare group that can make both sides of this formula work equally well.
  by Mark Deming   While the Hackensaw Boys have earned a reputation as a "weird bluegrass band" in the manner of   Hayseed Dixie   or   Split Lip Rayfield   on their fifth album Look Out they sound less like a band playing with the formula of acoustic country music than a bunch of guys who love the genre but aren't afraid to play fast and hard when the spirit moves them (and it does often). As pickers, the Hackensaw Boys aren't exactly   the Del McCoury Band   but their chops are at least as good (if not better) than the average act you'll see at a bluegrass festival, and they sound like a band, with a strong ensemble feel that more than compensates for their (very) occasional rough spots. The Hackensaw Boys can play at warp speed on tunes like "F.D.R.," "Sweet Petunia" and "Gospel Plow," but they can also connect on more measured material, and mid-tempo songs like "Baltimore" and "Hobo" demonstrate the strength of their songwriting chops, which avoid rural clichés in favor of honest but heartfelt stories of Appalachian life. The production on Look Out is simple and effective, capturing the details of the performances without adding too much gloss, and the finished project is a record that proves musicians can respect tradition without letting it hold them back. Look Out is bluegrass played with the touch of sincere acolytes as well the spirit of a rough-and-ready garage band, and the Hackensaw Boys are the rare group that can make both sides of this formula work equally well.