With all of this under his belt, Hawksley Workman came at his new album, Old Cheetah, with newfound clarity. The album has a more consistent pop sound overall than his past work, which glides through genres from one song to the next. "Make Up Your Mind Tonight" and "Winter Bird," album highlights both, stand out with dazzling synths, anthemic choruses and uplifting bridges that connect the songs.
Besides having Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat and Mounties on piano, keys and banjo, Old Cheetah borrows stuttering rock guitar and electrifying hooks from the supergroup, and while Old Cheetah offers a fresh sound generally speaking, it still has Hawksley Workman's sonically dirty signature on songs like "I Just So Happen to Believe" and "Small Town Dracula."
It's a good one, but don't get too settled in Hawksley Workman's sound on Old Cheetah; his next album just might be like nothing he's done yet. (Six Shooter)