Published September 3, 2009
Get for the hits and when they decide to rock. For the rest, just stick to the Neil Young.
Even though their 2nd album has just been released, LOTH’s hit single “Paperboat” has been part of the radio rock landscape for what seem like forever now. And it’s fair to say that the album is pretty frontloaded with stuff you’ve probably already heard. The opening track, Katrina, is the highlight of the album, with menacing overdriven guitars and rolling drumbeat, evoking pictures a storm on a Nevada highway. After this they quickly settle into their US influenced brand of desert blues-rock. And indeed where the album works is when they stick to this template (Heart of Moon, Paperboat), the sound has substance is worth listening to. But after the hits, the rest of the album seems to meander into drawling, sub-Eagles west coast acoustic territory, and I found myself caring less as the album went on.
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