Further into the album Work Hard / Play Hard rocks errr 'hard' with a full rocking sound and Oldham's squawked vocals. and the strutting, squalling guitars of Cat's Blues help to mix the sound up a bit, and stop the album from sounding too samey. The rustic, bluesy folk of We All, Us Three, Will Ride and Old Jerusalem rounds off the album.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Palace Music - Viva Last Blues
Viva Last Blues represents a considerable leap forward for Palace Music. Released in 1995, it has far more a full band sound than anything previous. The band have a kind of loping, slightly warped country sound, exemplified by the opening two tracks More Brother Rides and Viva Ultra. Some tracks have a darker, moody feel to them such as Brute Choir and the vengeful Tonight's Decision ("when he comes for me I will fuck him o, I will waste him in my own way"), and these songs are pretty effective. The Mountain Low attracts attention for his lyrics about "if I could fuck a mountain..." etc but it's the kind of easy melody that Will Oldham would make his name with as Bonnie Prince Billy. Later, New Partner has a lazy, relaxed easy charm, Oldham drawling "you were always on my mind".