The Alligator Bride 8/10
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.