Head In The Dirt (CD)


Hanni El Khatib

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Amoeba Review

04/29/2013

Hanni El Khatib makes garage rock worth getting excited about on his second album, Head in the Dirt. Thanks to economical songwriting and deft production from The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Head in the Dirt doesn’t overreact nor does it fail to deliver the goods, 11 quick and dirty garage pop songs with only the necessary flourishes, like the surging electronics that deceptively open the album on the title track, which quickly moves into a blues romp. Single “Family” takes Sister Sledge’s lyrical concept and applies it to punk-fueled hard rock that should please any Black Keys or White Stripes fan. El Khatib’s songs possess a certain machismo, singing he’ll pray for a “Skinny Little Girl” or painting himself as an outlaw in reggae-rocker “Nobody Move,” but he also gets tender for a girl in “Penny,” an irresistible bubblegum ditty that nicely breaks up the bro'in down. The album ain’t exactly loaded with poetry, but El Khatib is often at his best being off-handed about the songs, as straight-ahead rockers like “Pay No Mind” and “Sinking in the Sand” will attest. Sometimes you just need to get your rocks off, and Head in the Dirt makes that remarkably easy.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Head In The Dirt
Hanni El Khatib 03:18
2.
Family
Hanni El Khatib 02:27
3.
Skinny Little Girl
Hanni El Khatib 03:55
4.
Penny
Hanni El Khatib 03:17
5.
Nobody Move
Hanni El Khatib 02:31
6.
Can't Win 'Em All
Hanni El Khatib 03:03
7.
Pay No Mind
Hanni El Khatib 03:05
8.
Save Me
Hanni El Khatib 02:49
9.
Low
Hanni El Khatib 02:31
10.
Sinking In The Sand
Hanni El Khatib 02:29
11.
House On Fire
Hanni El Khatib 03:45

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