Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Demo-Listen Derby

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer.

Joe Swank & The Zen Pirates play rollicking Country & Western music for honkytonks on their third CD, Hank Williams Died For My Sins. It’s a consistently fun effort, particularly when the band cuts loose on “Just Tell Her I Loved Her” and “Tomorrow’s Just A Train-Wreck Away.” Swank also connects on “Better Than Bein’ Alone,” a sad tale of a wife who’s afraid to ditch her loser husband, while the jagged title track has an almost theatrical ambience.

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