Monday, October 24, 2005

Americana-UK review

Terry Anderson & The Olympic Ass-Kickin' Team - Doublenaught Records - Reviewed by Andy Riggs 8/10

Terry Anderson (drums & vocals) leads The Olympic Ass Kickin' Team, an outfit that's released it's first album on Dreadnaught Records, in support is Jack Cornell on bass and vocals, Dave Bartholomew, Scotty Miller & Greg Rice plus other luminaries such Caitlin Cary (ex Whiskeytown), pop master Jamie Hoover, Dan Baird, Eric Ambel and Walter Clevenger. This self titled debut rocks along in traditional fashion reminiscent of the Georgia Satellites, Joe Walsh, The Backsliders, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds & The Yahoos. Most of the songs rock along as you'd expect with the star-studded personnel on hand. As the band suggest there's much Ass-Kickin', but also tucked away on the record is the more reflective 'Raindrops' which slows down the pace and wouldn't be out of place on any Tom Petty record. On '$100 a week' there's a country sing along, on 'Inez' we have a The Travel Wilburys type song with it's tongue in cheek humour - whilst tracing familiar territory it's handled with gusto. On the last track Jamie Hoover on mandolin, Caitlin Cary on violin join Terry Anderson and numerous others on the very funny 'Rehab' - the sign of a good record, it's over too soon - find the OAKT where you can. Without a duff song there's much fun to be had with this record, my Ass truly kicked.....

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