Drivin N Cryin - Best of Songs LP
Formed in Atlanta in 1986, the hard-rocking, Southern roots music-steeped Drivin' n' Cryin' have reigned supreme in the southern U.S. during their tenure. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevn Kinney, along with Sadler Vaden, Tim Nielsen and Dave V. Johnson return with an LP-ONLY compilation of songs culled from their recently released series of 5-song EP s.
'Some of the band s best songs in over two decades...' --Blurt
'Perhaps Drivin N Cryin are onto something here. Leader Kevn Kinney decided back in 2012 to abandon the idea of recording albums in favor of smaller EP s, each with 5-6 songs on them. The results were Songs From the Laundromat (2012); Songs About Cars, Space & the Ramones (2012); Songs From the Psychedelic Time Clock (2013); and Songs For the Turntable (2014). Now, they ve put together a 10-song distillation of these releases called Best of Songs. And, in typical retro form, it s only available on vinyl, with the album cover resembling a classic K-tel record.
Side one opens with the driving Hot Wheels, one of the catchiest tracks the band has ever laid down, while Turn is an excellent midtempo rocker. It wouldn t be a Drivin N Cryin record without diversity, with the moody Strangers and the Skynyrd-esque Roll Away the Song rounding out the first side.
Side two blasts off with the one-two punch of Dirty and Ain t Waitin on Tomorrow, showing that these veterans haven t lost their ability to kick ass. They revisit their roots with the gentle ode to their friends REM, while The Little Record Store Around the Corner pays homage to the 13th Floor Elevators, with a descending bass line. The record ends with the psychedelic instrumental Space Eyes.
A note about the fidelity - the vinyl sounds better than the CD's or mp3's. The CD's in particular are loud, where the vinyl has more dynamics and is warmer.
The four EP s produced a total of 32 songs, of which ten are on this compilation. The irony here is that, by abandoning the album format, Drivin N Cryin have created one of their most consistent albums of their entire catalog - there really isn t a bad song on the record. In an era where nobody creates a whole album of great songs, Drivin N Cryin just gave the music industry a big middle finger - and produced a killer record...' --Icon Fetch.com
1. Hot Wheels
2. Out Here in the Middle of Nowhere
5. Roll Away the Song
7. Ain't Waitin' on Tomorrow
9. The Little Record Store Just Around the Corner
10. Space Eyes
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