Home Grown Head – Review
Slow It Down with Some Feeling
Home Grown Head band from Lexington Kentucky releases a highly anticipated album, with much excitement garnered from the fierce live shows they are known to put on. It’s not always easy to translate that live sound to a studio, let’s see how these boys rose to the challenge.
The album opens with Time, a track that instantly has me searching for influences, and I’m drawing a blank. Blues guitar with monster tone, somber horn arrangement and rock solid bass guitar and drums. The track flows with the slither of a snake crawling across hot earth in search of cool water.
Track 2 kicks in Time Repeated and our thirsty snake has found his oasis. Energy, without sacrificing the aforementioned tone. I’m still searching for influences to compare The Lexington Kentucky band to, and am quickly realizing I’m dealing with such a mix of musical styles and lyrical content that this is going to be a solid original output.
Track 3 Slow it Down, does just that, Slows it Down and if you close your eyes and take two steps, you’d swear you were going to be knee deep in Mississippi Delta Mud if you keep walking, such thick and sludge filled bass and guitar riffs.
Track 4 Stinger, a great instrumental intermissions of sorts, listen and you’ll hear funk, snake charmer brass parts, and reminiscent sounds of 70’s low budget film soundtracks.
Track 5 You Better learn, 6 System and 7 The Times are set up perfectly by the instrumental Stinger, the album goes into a total different direction, smooth musical and vocal compositions. The hook in The Times will have you singing along in no time flat.
From the first notes of Give us the Gig track 8, this writer senses another shift in direction of the album, a jolt of energy and by this time in the album I would be remise to not speak on the tightness of the drums and percussion on this album, with so much going on there is this human metronome that like any good rock-n-roll album is the backbone of this entire work.
A solid listen, a truly original work and then we hit track 9 When we’re old, the high point of the album, this tune while again very hard to compare to anything else I’ve heard is a track that you’ll find yourself repeating over and over. Tension builds, with haunting lyrics with an anxious melody underneath, a very delicate, intimate track a great way set up a closer. Mental Transmissions, the finale picks up exactly where the story began.
To wrap up this review, I could praise the lyrics, musicians, production and arrangements of this collection of songs, and I will. The true hero of this album, however is the flow, each of the first three songs remind me of a roller coaster, you rise, and you frantically fall, then the Slow Down. Then a brilliant pallet cleansing instrumental that takes us to chapter two of the album all just leading up the gut wrenching masterful When We’re old.
I give this album a solid 5 of 5 and come the end of the year would not be surprised to see it make my personal album of the year list.
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