WARM-HEARTED ALT.COUN­TRY SOLO AL­BUM FROM FOO FIGHT­ERS GUI­TARIST

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - PAUL BRAN­NI­GAN

■ CHRIS SHIFLETT’S first solo al­bum since 2013’s honky-tonk cov­ers set All Hat And No Cat­tle may have been birthed in coun­try and western Mecca Nashville, but its roots lie in a Cal­i­for­nian ado­les­cence spent chas­ing girls, sink­ing beers and gorg­ing on punk and metal vinyl. In­formed as much by So­cial Dis­tor­tion and The Rolling Stones as out­law coun­try mav­er­icks Buck Owens and Merle Hag­gard, it’s an hon­est, gritty and ex­tremely like­able col­lec­tion of hot-offthe-floor record­ings, spiced up by some enthusiastic swear­ing from an unas­sum­ing mu­si­cian very ob­vi­ously hav­ing a blast with his bud­dies.that Chris’ mu­sic is bet­ter suited to spit-and-saw­dust bars than sta­di­ums is en­tirely de­lib­er­ate, and the gen­uine joy trans­mit­ted in ev­ery pedal-steel gui­tar lick makes West Coast Town a most agree­able beers-and-bbq sound­track. DOWN­LOAD: Still Bet­ter Days. FOR FANS OF: Brian Fal­lon, So­cial Dis­tor­tion.

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