The Southern Surreal

Album Review of The Southern Surreal by The Legendary Shack Shakers.

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The Southern Surreal

The Legendary Shack Shakers

The Southern Surreal by The Legendary Shack Shakers

Release Date: Sep 11, 2015
Record label: Alternative Tentacles
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Punk Blues, Alternative Country-Rock, Psychobilly

70 Music Critic Score
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The Southern Surreal - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

After a prolonged absence that saw a one-year hiatus become three years, Legendary Shack Shakers are finally back with their new album, The Southern Surreal. The new album is the group's first record in five years, and marks the 20th anniversary of the band's formation by core member and bandleader J.D. Wilkes. The Southern Surreal is a piece that continues the group's tradition of experimenting and distorting roots genres into a conceptual style that has been coined "Southern Gothic."As an author and prolific contributor to roots music, J.D.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

After five years away from the recording studio, the Legendary Shack Shakers don't sound as frantic as they did back in the days of Cockadoodledon't, but their commitment to bad craziness below the Mason-Dixon line is as strong as ever, so the title The Southern Surreal is more than fitting. Instead of going for the breakneck psychobilly of their formative days, in 2015 the Shack Shakers continue to explore the swampy sound that dominated 2007's Swampblood as they ponder the more forbidding side of life in the deep South. Bassist Mark Robertson and drummer Brett Whitacre lay out a deep, implacable rhythm as guitarist Rod Hamdallah spreads echo-drenched guitar figures over it all and Col.

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Classic Rock Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

They only come out at night. The almighty ruckus the Shakers make could soundtrack a revivalist meeting where folks speak in tongues, snakes are milked and the congregation turn out to be zombies.. _ _.

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