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The Volebeats | Country Favourites (Turquoise Mountain)
They're a pretty eclectic bunch, The Volebeats. Are they retro Merseybeat? Are they country-rock? Are they Abba in disguise? Who knows, who cares? What matters if that you'll find yourself laughing when you listen to 'Country Favourites' - and not necessarily at the lugubrious version of the Abba hit Knowing Me, Knowing You, which sounds like Alan Partridge singing karaoke and taking it very, very seriously. 'Country Favourites' has captured the essence of classic rock 'n' roll and country and pop and freeze-dried it, then served it up with their own special dressing. A dollop of twang, a pinch of psychedelic, a smattering of Hank Williams. Hold On, Hamtrack Mama, I Had To Tell You and Maggot Brain are as diverse a selection of songs you'll hear anywhere. Featuring members of Outrageous Cherry and Electric Six, 'Country Favourites' is the only album you'll ever need. Now for the triple gatefold...

John Stacey
March-April 2004