Thursday, August 23, 2012
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: CORB LUND - CABIN FEVER
Cabin Fever is full of Lund's playful side, with several of the 12 tracks lighthearted and clever. Cows Around is supposedly a "Western blessing", as he sings, "May you always have cows around", ending on a very good imitation of Bossy. Bible On The Dashboard tells the tale of a band, maybe the Hurtin' Albertans, maybe not, who learned a good trick driving recklessly through the U.S. They stick a Bible on the dashboard, for when the cops pull them over, hoping to catch a break from the law-abiding, God-fearing patrolmen. The Gothest Girl I Know, features the drum intro from Sing Sing Sing (sorta), turning into a rockabilly rave-up, and a pledge from Corb he's "going to lose these country boy blues/for the Gothest girl I can."
While he's having a bunch of fun here, Lund doesn't let us forget he can do heartbreak too, and the cut September is about a man from the Rockies who looses his love to the allure of New York City. In the midst of the sadness comes a high-lonesome moan that tears at your heart as much as the reverb-laced twang of his guitar. Lund could just be doing straight retro music, appealing to those who find the cowboy genre authentic and appealing, and I'm certainly one of them. But that he updates and advances it as well is the mark of a true artist. And the album is full of great, great fun.