Blitzen Trapper: VII (Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Blitzen Trapper: Oregon Geography
Blitzen Trapper: VII (Shock)

Curiously, the edgy take Portland's Blitzen Trapper brought to Americana hasn't caught on in this country which embraces Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and singer-songwriters like Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt, all of whom this five-piece have referred to in the past.

Their American Goldwing two years ago should have broken them but didn't, and it's hard to see how this one could given it doesn't rock as hard and – although the stories are here across almost hip-hop/scratching rhythms in places – the same hillbilly vibe on more than a few songs here palls quickly.

Musically you can't take anything away from them (Thirsty Man and Faces of You have a real slick soul-funk pulse) and writer Eric Earley can certainly conjure up an image (the Dylanesque swarm on Oregon Geography where rain literally pours down) or a mood (the broody narrative on the swampy Valley of Death).

As a sinister collection of intense country-rap'n'soul (Earth is like urban rap dragged into the damp bayou) this is certainly an interesting new direction, but those who rejoiced when they rocked out or got the stories spinning will be struggling here.

And most of the last third feels like makeweights.

Different but disappointing.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

One Man Bannister: Birds & Bees (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

One Man Bannister: Birds & Bees (Thokei Tapes/bandcamp)

Releasing an album on cassette in an age when most people no longer have a turntable let alone something as archaic as a tape player seems a bit like that Spinal Tap thing: Being more selective... > Read more

Matt Langley: Featherbones (Hometown)

Matt Langley: Featherbones (Hometown)

Langley's rootsy folk-cum-alt.country EP Lost Companions of 2007 – recorded in Wellington – announced a mature lyricist and a singer with a delivery like the best Americana artists... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS TERRY RILEY'S IN C: Modern to ancient and back

AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS TERRY RILEY'S IN C: Modern to ancient and back

Many years ago someone told me a Chinese ensemble did a treatmernt of Terry Riley's cornerstone minimalist piece In C, "But the buggers didn't play it in C," he laughed. I have... > Read more

Bon Jovi: Having a bar of it

Bon Jovi: Having a bar of it

My knowledge of Bon Jovi has always been limited, and even more so back in the early Nineties when all I could conjure up for a pub quiz would have been "New Jersey, the cover of their... > Read more