The Foghorns - The Reykjavik Grapevine

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The Foghorns

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Published September 26, 2008

Like how The Dirtbombs throw down garage rock and soul into live recordings, The Foghorns employ percussive ‘bucket music,’ (a genre the band themselves have coined) and bluegrass on Willa Cather Way and sound decent for it; well, at least for the six first tracks anyway. The acoustics sound very different between the two live venues of Homer’s in Omaha, New England and Zoma in Madison, Wisconsin. The final two tracks from the latter venue suffer as a result of a tinny recording and hearing too much of the crowd jars considerably with the previous succinct sound quality and straight-talking lyrics of singer Bart Cameron. The frankness of “This is a bad place to be sober” in ‘So Sober’ is akin to the author that the CD is named after and is humorous, especially in the context of the venue here being a record store. Overall, it’s just a shame about the last two tracks.

THE VERDICT

Live album would be best coming from just one venue

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