Left Lane Cruiser
Bring Yo' Ass to the Table


4.0
excellent

Review

by freakfromdabeat USER (5 Reviews)
September 9th, 2012 | 5 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You want blues to the extreme? Left Lane Cruiser have nailed it on this record.

Ever dreamed about driving an old, beat-up monster truck along the banks of the Mississippi river, tearing nature apart bit by bit? I have, but never thought anybody would do it for real. At least not the way Left Lane Cruiser is sliding that ragged old mixture of steel, rust and rubber through the mud. 'Cause muddy it is -and dirty- - and gritty- the way Joe Evans aka Freddy J IV (guitar/vocals) and Brenn ’Sausage Paw’ Beck (drums/percussion/harmonica/(backing) vocals) are spitting out their own brand of stripped down, whiskey-soaked, adrenaline-fuelled, bottom heavy blues.

You don’t believe me? Well, then you just have to buy this album. You'll get blown away by the first pounding slide riff of 'Wash It', one hell of a booty shakin' swamp blues hymn that will definitely bring a huge smile to R.L. Burnside’s face, knowing two white blokes are carrying his heritage, making the world burn and blister with heartfelt black music that's got Jon Spencer’s rock&roll veins throbbing at the core. Raw, pure and intense. And that's probably the key that makes this album so special. LLC takes it all one step further, creating a wall of sound with just two humble musicians, while in the meantime they're literally tearing down everything in sight.

At the end of track seven you even have to scrape Joe's vocal chords off the ground and shove 'em back up his throat to make sure he will keep growling for the remainder of the album. And he needs 'em badly towards the end when destruction reaches its height with the low tuned groover 'Amy's in the Kitchen' and the bonecrushing 'Mr. Johnson'. On the other hand, it feels quite arbitrary naming any standout track on a record that brings ass to the table big time with twelve songs that make it impossible to stay in your seat, and even more difficult not to smash your furniture to smithereens. And the best part is: you don’t even care putting up with the mess.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2012


6146 Comments


Good review, pos.

I should check this.

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freakfromdabeat
September 9th 2012


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the reply. In my opinion, this is their best record and a good starting point to check 'm out.

Btw: not being a native speaker, I'm pretty flattered with the pos.

americanohno
November 4th 2012


1601 Comments


this is a really good review and a real cool band.

DrGunther
November 23rd 2012


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reviewing, nice to see this band get some attention on here. Heavy blues, great stuff!

Totally agree with what you've written, pos.

Mnstorm99
January 7th 2014


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short, sweet and right on point. Good review.
They capture you with an incredible live show. But, the album doesn't disappoint. Grunge blues, and this is the best of it.



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