Sunday, December 11, 2016

Waco Brothers 1997 Cowboy In Flames





Genre: Rock
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:49:25
Size: 90,40 MB

United States

Review by Mark Deming

On To the Last Dead Cowboy, the Waco Brothers sounded like one of Jon Langford's better side projects; on Cowboy in Flames, they sounded like a real band, and a damn good one at that, and that made all the difference in the world. A year and a half of gigging around the Midwest had given substance to the Wacos claim of being "the World's Tuffest Country Band," while the full-time addition of Mark Durante on steel guitar reinforced the twang in their tone as Langford and Dean Schlabowske kicked up the wattage on their guitars.

The working-class rage that bubbled under the surface of the first album came to a full boil on Cowboy in Flame, and that passion fueled the sweaty, urgent rage of the best cuts, especially "See Willy Fly By," "Take Me to the Fires," and the title cut. At the same time, the band proved they could slow things down and still make their music connect, as "Dollar Dress" and "Dry Land" eloquently testify. The inspired covers (supercharged arrangements of "White Lightning" and "Wreck on the Highway") make clear the band's nitro-fueled take on classic country comes from a place of love and respect, and the final cut, "Death of Country Music." speaks volumes about what's wrong with the current state of mainstream C&W (and, by extension, American culture).

Some wag once described the Waco Brothers as "half Cash, half Clash," and, on Cowboy in Flames, they sound strong enough to make good on both halves of that equation. A triumph, and one of the finest albums to emerge from the Chicago alt-country scene.

Tracklist:

01 - See Willy Fly By 03:58

02 - Waco Express 03:17

03 - Take Me To The Fires 03:32

04 - Out There A Ways 03:44

05 - Dollar Dress 04:32

06 - Out In The Light 04:36

07 - Cowboy In Flames 03:32

08 - Fast Train Down 04:46

09 - Wreck On The Highway 02:34

10 - Dry Land 03:50

11 - Do What I Say 02:33

12 - White Lightning 03:02

13 - Big River 02:26

14 - The Death Of Country Music 03:03





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