Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Reigning Sound - Break Up Break Down - 2001

Former Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers frontman Greg Cartwright cools his boiling garage leanings to a simmer on the Memphis musician's debut with the Reigning Sound. It's all about the material on Break Up Break Down, and there are only scattered references to the primal blues-rock of Cartwright's notable '90s projects. Heart-tugging vocals and songwriting are the central components that this country-folk collection revolves around. Highlights like the waltz-time lament "Goodbye" have just what it takes to grip the inner Hank Williams in every garage rocker, without tripping any irony-minded alerts that equate anything emotional with overt sentimentality. Perhaps this delicate country-rock balancing act is what impressed the Hives enough to take the Reigning Sound out on tour, or perhaps the decision was tribute to Cartwright's overlooked punk/gospel work with Oblivians. Such thoughts won't concern fans of traditional American music after they've confronted the authenticity and the sweetness of Break Up Break Down. -AMG


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Thee Polyvinyl Craftsmen said...

I reckon Greg cartwright is the best songwriter and musician currently making music. Check out our podcasts, I play a song by one of Greg's many fantastic bands every week as part of my set.
Love the blog by the way, gonna add you to our blogroll, any chance of you reciprocating. Cheers, Coop


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