Slobberbone Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today

Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today There are all sorts of country and rootsy instruments scattered over Everything... (mandolin, fiddle, banjo and accordion) but like their honky skronk brethren the Bottlerockets and Waco Brothers, it's indisputably rock that's at the heart of the Slobberbone boys and their music. "Placemat Blues" is a stomping country-rock boogie that melds the best parts of the Replacements and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Brent Best's raspy, phlegm-y vocals make him sound like a vastly more intelligible Shane McGowan, at times, lending a Pogues flair to some of the slower numbers. And the occasional blast of horns rounds things out with a vague, almost subliminal E Street element. Best's songs, like those of the BoRox's Brian Henneman, say much more and are smarter than they may initially let on. The lyrics are mature and plainspoken, and, most importantly, they resonate with truth. If you're looking for some no-bullshit, twangy rock that doesn't insult your intelligence - with the emphasis on rock - then these four Texans will fit the bill perfectly (New West)