This article originally appeared in the 4.16.15 issue of Metroland
This is the
Lustre Kings’ fifth album and it’s a whopper.
The first thing that will hit you is the sound
; big, luscious and right.
Liam Hogg’s drums punch, Chops’ bass is bottomless.
Hats off to producers Cliff Lyons and Sten Isachson for crafting a
Like their soulmates,
the late, lamented Morells, the Kings dig deep to find swinging obscurities
that are a couple steps to the left of normal, and then serve them up with a
wink and a spit-shine.
The trio of “It
Ain’t Right” (Gordon Terry), “Wrong Wrong Wrong” (John Lilly) and “Can’t Find
The Door Knob” (Jimmy and Johnny) left me dizzy from giggling. Go
is a great rockabilly record doubling as a master’s thesis on
That you can dance
hear the smile in Mark Gamsjager’s voice, kind of a Dave Edmunds-y high and
Kevin Maul’s expert steel
guitar touches add a bit of Texas, and takes everything higher and lonesomer.
And then there’s Mother Judge, who I could
listen to all the day and all of the night.
Her guest vocals on the Brill Building nugget “Fallin’” might be the
best thing you’ll hear all year.
the highest and lonesomest of them all.
featured on the Santo and Johnny classic “Sleepwalk”, which is drop dead gorgeous, and
guest guitarist Bobby Henrie blows up the room with some killer shredding. Go Green is an
adventure, and a fun one, from start to finish.