ARTIST: The Greenhornes
TITLE: The Greenhornes
YEAR RELEASED: 1999
CHART ACTION: No
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not by them
LINEUP: Craig Fox, Patrick Keefer, Jack Lawrence, Brian Olive, Jared McKinney
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Cincy-area garage band’s debut is a homage to the 60’s garage era, but it’s a flat celebration.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Greenhorne’s first record sounded like they were the cousins of the Detroit area garage revival. The sound is dominated by Jared McKinney’s organ and Craig Fox’s garage-era front-man swagger. Yet it seems more like a copy than a truly inspired original.
They definitely know the sound and the motif. But what’s missing is some spark. The production doesn’t do them any favors, either. It sounds flat, and it’s possible they were rushed in recording and mixing.
They’d sort it all out soon enough, but this is one to pass up unless you need to complete your collection.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: One cover is “Wake Me, Shake Me” by the Blues Project
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C: It’s just a flat record (and not the shape). They’d do better work soon enough. EXILED