On the 13th Kick
First off, buy this album. Secondly, I apologize to The Patsys for taking so long to review this album. I actually got into the habit of keeping this CD in my car and listening to it while driving. Thus, as should have been foreseen, in my move from Colorado to North Carolina, things got shifted and lost. I found it again while back East, and it became a staple for my many drives between Richmond and Durham. While Iím sure youíre not too concerned about my habits, I am in fact making a loose point. After countless listens and moments of amazement found in the album, I still never wrote about it. Sorry. Now I feel I canít give it the justice it deserves, as I canít correctly recount that immense excitement I felt during its first spins. All I can say is that this is one album that has come across my desk while at Left Off the Dial that will never leave my CD player Ė or the stack close by.
When putting this in my player again, I realized that I had become so familiar and comfortable with it that it didnít stick out any more than any of the other albums Iíve been playing a lot recently. That may sound like a put down, but I mean that in the highest regard; some albums for review stick out in a bad way, much like a sore thumb as they say. This blended in perfectly, even surpassing some in the changer right now.
I kept checking my player thinking I had accidentally queued up an Only Ones album. I hadnít. I first started digging The Patsys from a 7Ē I reviewed sometime back Ė just two songs, and I was hooked. I joined the ranks of reviewers all over with the same comment: ďI sure canít wait for that full length.Ē I guess on the thirteenth kick they gathered up their 7Ēs and released a collection on Umbrella.
The Patsys have managed to exude a power-pop perfection that is rare these days. Effortlessly they combine the ease and cool of the Replacements with the barroom sleaziness of the Detroit Cobras. Garage and pop in a perfect, raunchy marriage.
Standout tracks? Seriously, the whole album is great, but ďGoneĒ is amazing.
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