cd reviews - November 29, 2011
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
The sound of the road isn't just for garage-rock, and twang isn't
just for country. Sounds can get pigeonholed based on the latest
trends. On Dark Matter (QRO
review), The Lost Patrol brought emotion into a new arena, and now
they haunt with the road, twang, saxophone, and more on Rocket Surgery.
Starting with the road-spook of opener "Dead or Alive",
The Lost Patrol aren't here to comfort you on Rocket Surgery.
Instead, it's a chilly feeling of abandoned county roads with empty barns
and ghost towns, like on the slower, darker, farther away "Coming
Down", or the slyer & twang-ier "Don't Give Me Love".
The echo-sustain on the twelve-string acoustics brings out a harpsichord-like
sound on the penultimate "Love" and especially middle track
"Not the Only One", and the harpsichord is the most haunting
instrument there is (even more than the xylophone, which is, "The
music you hear when skeletons are dancing" - Homer Simpson).
The Lost Patrol can do a brighter sound, such as on "Play
With Fire", but their tendency to sway can get a bit maudlin ("This
Road Is Long") or forgettable ("Lost At Sea"). Rocket
Surgery isn't completely un-country - closer "I'm On To You"
doesn't even need the ‘alt-‘ of alt-country - or un-garage
- see the relaxed "Sweet Ophelia" - but they can also pull out
the sax-o-mo-phone on eighties-like instrumental "3 am".
There's much to find in the highways & backwoods of The Lost Patrol...
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