Friday, July 19, 2013

The NEW BLACK 7: Hangovers & Heartbreak

Rating: R
Label: HeadFirstEnt./Route3 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Oh, the pros and cons of America. We sure do enjoy the majority of the music styles from across the pond. Two of them that sadly do not belong in the category of two thumbs up: Country & Rap. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy my Public Enemys and Eagles. However, they've been flogging a dead horse for the past twenty years and both genres are now as interesting as watching wet paint dry. The New Black 7 (not to be confused with The Old Black Seven?) is an intoxicating dose of country music with a shot of 90 proof rock & roll added for good measure. Yeah, sure, but that's exactly the reason to why the rest of the world can't stand Bon Jovi post 1996...

Two versions of the utterly horrible 'Fly Me To Freedom'? Christ oh mighty... where's my shotgun? They've managed to include everything you absolutely hate about sentimental b.s. and U.S. country. It's no wonder that noone outside the states are interested in modern twang and honky tonk. It's bloody awful. They gave up their rock/pop dreams and decided to sell their souls to the hillbilly devil? We have a similar concept over here in Sweden - dansband music - where talented musicians are selling out their dreams for the pleasure of watching drunk people dance (old geezer folkmusic style) along to the same old song. Oh the horror, the horror.
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