Thursday, June 5, 2014
Rank and File - Long Gone Dead
Side one begins with the title track and second single. "Long Gone Dead" has a jangle-pop sound to it that takes the edge off the inevitable end that we all face.
The first single was "I'm an Old Old Man", a quick-step country-tinged tune about a wealthy old man on the prowl for a sweet young thing.
The B-side to the first single was "Sound of the Rain".
The tracks transition seamlessly from the previous to "Hot Wind", a second meteorological themed tune. The guitar hooks on this one are rather catchy.
The first side of the original vinyl album closes with "Tell Her I Love Her", a doe-eyed love song.
Side two starts with "Saddest Girl in the World", one about a girl who waits at home for her guy to call. The opening bars reminded me a 70's pop sound before it shifted to the new-wave/country vibe the band cultivated.
"Timeless Love" has an appropriate timeless throwback sound.
"John Brown" is a song about the darker chapter of America's history. Brown was an abolitionist who believed armed action was his way to overthrow those that supported slavery.
Next up is mid-tempo "Last Night I Dreamed".
The album closes with the pessimistic "It Don't Matter". It has a country-waltz rhythm to it.
Just like 1982's Sundown (click here for that review), I completely enjoyed Long Gone Dead on the very first listen. I suspect this one will be joining my digital music library very soon. You can sample both albums (and more) over on Spotify under the 2004 Rank and File double-album compilation The Slash Years.