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Folk Art & the Death of Elec­tric Je­sus

Twenty Stone Blatt Records Two gruff ’n’ ready mu­si­cians on gui­tar and drums? We’ve been here be­fore. The Bon­nevilles are more than just a Black Keys trib­ute act, even if the Belfast duo au­di­bly dredge the same blues-in­fused well of in­flu­ences. The big­gest dis­tinc­tion lies in sub­tle nu­ances; both An­drew McGib­bon and Christo­pher Mc­Mul­lan lost a par­ent in close prox­im­ity, and their grief lurks over their sec­ond al­bum like a leaden spec­tre. McGib­bon’s whiskey-soaked voice is a pow­er­ful tool, driv­ing home the likes of on of Re­ver­bio with a steely for­ti­tude and scal­ing it back for the ten­der shim­mer of Sep­a­rate Ways. Oc­ca­sion­ally re­call­ing the shady stalk of con­tem­po­rary artists such as Dan Sar­tain, this is a fine, au­then­tic col­lec­tion of foot­stomp­ing, hip-swiv­el­ling blues­rock.the­bon­

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