On their eighth album for their fifth label, Heat and the gang burn rubber throughout the usual twang-on-steroids fare of "Callin' in Twisted," "If It Ain't Got Rhythm" and "Revival," all tunes that could have been recorded for any of the band's previous discs. Yet the chorus of the latter -- "I'm looking for revival, that's all that I can do" -- speaks to a search for something deeper.
Heat also waxes philosophical about the loss of close acquaintances to heroin on "Indigo Friends," a throbbing, explosive rocker that shows he can sometimes write more meaningful fare even within his own musical limitations.
Those who have seen the Rev. tear it up live understand his love for roots country. On the album, he indulges that passion with slow, reflective and downright sensitive ballads such as "Someone in Heaven," "We Belong Forever" and the '50s slow dance of "Lonesome Man." These pit stops off Heat's usual hot-rod track show that he has the ability to travel down some challenging new roads.
Reverend Horton Heat plays the Cotton Club Sat., Sept. 4, 9 p.m. $14.99.
Any intel about this Project Pabst festival that I scheduled for 10/1?
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