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CD Review: "Approved by Snakes" - Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind

Sunday, June 4, 2017

 

Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind                Approved by Snakes                  Eller Soul Records

 

 

 

This is not your mother’s blues album. You know the one, follows the formula, and eliminates any possibility of making you feel alive. This ain’t that one. This one belonged to the kid down the block that beat you up occasionally for personal amusement and who you last heard had shanked a couple guys in prison. He never put his albums back in the sleeve, and they were scattered around on his floor. You tried to step around them, he just walked on them oblivious. This was his favorite. Nope, I take that back. Lou Reed was his favorite, but this was top five.

 

This cd is edgy. Its dark. It challenges you with its unfamiliarity and its punk-rock soul. Keep listening until you hear it, and when you do, you’ll know in your heart that the kid down the block was just like you, but with the courage to explore the extreme of himself.

 

It’s the slam poetry of the blues. Artsy in the way that the rawness is the art. It moves in funky grooves through the slippery unswept floor of a roadhouse that sweats beer and vomit, but it makes you understand that there isn’t any division between what it is and anything else. You could love it or fear it, but you won’t be sitting on the fence.

 

My True Love is a Dope Whore isn’t about somebody you don’t know, its not what happens in NYC, its inside of you. The song I’m Too Strong For You informs me that I’m late to the soapbox. The slide guitar on Terrors of Nightlife is the black sound  that comes for you in your darkness. You’ll find compelling, unexpected tones coaxed from instruments you haven’t heard that way before.  The whole of the material has this vibe, the tingling charge of an ungrounded electric guitar itching to close the circuit. The liner notes by Paul Linden paint the picture with more detailed beauty than I am capable, but in an unnervingly similar approach. I appreciate every (rare, but gaining momentum) artist that utilizes the 80 minutes available them on today’s cds.

 

4 notes    11 tracks    76 minutes     Hear for yourself  not. It isn’t released yet, but will be this month. The entire performance from Knuckleheads a couple months ago is on youtube.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZVITaepAqE

 

 

4 notes    11 tracks    76 minutes     Hear for yourself  not. It isn’t released yet, but will be this month. The entire performance from Knuckleheads a couple months ago is on youtube.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZVITaepAqE

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