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Band of Heathens (Self-released, 2008)

Band of Heathen

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

It's probably not kosher to compare a group of Austin musicians to the offerings in a Chinese restaurant. And yet, Band of Heathens offers up such a wide palette on their new disc, making the analogy is, like that second egg roll, just a little too tough too resist. Austin's Band of Heathens delivers a steaming heap of soul-dipped country, country-fried gospel and a couple of other plates they probably haven't even come up with names for yet.

Take "Jackson Station," which has the feel of a revival. Or the power-pop chorus of "Heart On My Sleeve." The echoes of Little Feat on "Second Line" or "Unsleeping Eye" and "Cornbread" disarmingly melds sexual suggestion with a few musical figures a churchgoer wouldn't find unfamiliar. Band of Heathens is essentially a group effort by a bunch of individuals. These folks found themselves playing adjoining sets at a popular Austin club and decided to pool efforts. While some of the songs seem indistinguishable from other radio-ready efforts out there, it's that combination of disparate interests that ought to keep Band of Heathens slightly fresher than the competition.

CDs by Band of Heathen

Band of Heathens, 2008

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