Here’s a country album I got in the mail a week or so ago:
That’s a fantastic cover. My first impression was that this was a case of the ironic title (especially considering that they’re based in NYC), but this is a surprisingly straightforward country record. Some of it is good, too. The Weight is at it’s best when lead singer Joseph Plunket doesn’t lean too hard on his twang. When he lets a little rasp into his voice, like in “Closer Than A Friend” or especially “Had It Made,” things get exciting. The latter track sounds as much like “Being There”-era Wilco as much as it does contemporary country. When I picture The Weight’s live act, I see every single man on that picture playing at once. I hope I’m right: I’ve never heard a dozen slide guitars play at once.