HOWLIN’ RAIN

The Al­li­ga­tor Bride 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Peter Watts

Gor­geous new one from ethan Miller’s Cali rock­ers

From the re­sound­ing open­ing chords of “Rain­bow Trout” and through the gor­geous “Speed”, it’s clear Howlin’ Rain’s fifth al­bum will be a more laid-back and ac­ces­si­ble af­fair than any­thing they’ve re­leased be­fore. The fuzzy psych jams haven’t com­pletely dis­ap­peared – check out the fran­tic close to “The Wild Boys” – but largely take a back seat to clas­sic rock in the most pas­toral, sun-soaked ’70s sense, with traces of Spring­steen at his most gospel, Cree­dence at their groovi­est, Free and Amer­i­can Beauty. Ethan Miller calls it “Neal Cas­sady rock”, and this is gor­geous sum­mer mu­sic that makes you want to hop in a car and drive.

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