cd reviews - June 26, 2013
Rating: 7.4 out of 10
On 2011’s Rocket Surgery (QRO
review), New York’s The Lost Patrol broke road & twang out
of their garage & country boxes (respectively) and put them together.
Driven takes stabs at other sounds, but is ultimately best when
it drives down that same strong highway.
The Lost Patrol rise and fall on their new album depending on
how much they choose substance over style. There is decided substance
behind the slightly country trot underneath “All Tomorrow’s
Promises”, while “Chance of Rain” and especially “Invincible”
very effectively bring the dark fifties gothic road. Meanwhile, the cabaret
numbers like “Little Black Kitten” and old-timey “Just
Go” are best just as novelties (though do provide some change on
the record), while Driven gets a bit too shiny in its close of
“In Too Deep” and “Disguise”.
It would have been hard for The Lost Patrol to repeat the genre
reinvention of Rocket Surgery, though Driven’s
mix of either going straight down the same route or completely off the
road can be a bit stark. But the band’s substance and skill keeps
them moving forward, blacktop or dirt track.
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