Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tunesday with George: Doublemint

Trombone Shorty -- For True

For True is a very solid follow-up to Trombone Shorty's excellent debut album from 2010, Backatown. Their are a few elements to this sophomore release, most of which seem to have been forced on him by his new major label Universal, that will keep this off my year-end favorite list (i.e. guest appearances by Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz, and a couple packaged attempts at radio singles)....but a very enjoyable album all the same.


Deer Tick -- Divine Providence

Deer Tick's fourth album, Divine Providence, doesn't hold a candle in my book to their first two albums, or to John McCauley's recent collaboration Middle Brother...but that's not to say that I don't like it. I think they could have taken some more time with this one, it feels maybe a little rushed, but it also captures the essence of the band's current live show (which is definitely a good thing). Deer Tick has grown into a rockin' five-piece band, a far cry from the first time I saw them play in '07 when there were only three members. Overall, if you're already a fan you can expect to like this one, and if you're new to the group this album is a great example of the current state of Deer Tick.

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