Saddlesores Love Cursed

Love Cursed is not an exceptional album, although it is pretty good, but the elements are there for an old-fashioned, sweaty, bourbon-soaked show down at the rock & roll club. Saddlesores stand at the junction where country, blues, and rockabilly meet, and singer Billy Worthless has a commanding voice that you just know is accompanied by an equal amount of stage presence. Imagine a slightly metallic Phil Alvin and the Blasters and you’ll get the picture, especially on songs like “Billy’s Tune,” and “Lu’Venom.” Most of the songs move at a locomotive pace, but the band slows it down on “Pearly Fits,” which sounds like Conway Twitty taking a trip to the dark side. (Empyre)