Big Bad Luv (CD)


John Moreland

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Amoeba Review

05/04/2017

John Moreland's first record for 4AD seems to be a new direction for the native Oklahoman. His previous effort, High on Tulsa Heat, was a gritty type of folkie, country album that is rarely made anymore. It's the same feeling you get when you listen to Townes Van Zandt at his happiest (rare with Van Zandt) with a mix of that '70s rock and roll twang (before it was ruined by anemic, soulless, top 10 singles). Big Bad Luv is a one of a kind album that makes roots-based music feel vibrant and contemporary without any of that dogmatic belief to keep it sounding like a relic of another age. Moreland's lyrics ring true to anyone who has had painful heartache or suffered terrible loneliness, while the steel guitars and plain 'n simple drum parts perfectly compliment a sparser, more personal sounding album. "Sallisaw Blue," the rollicking opener to the album, gallops along with a small tinge of punk attitude, a remnant of Moreland's earlier days in the punk rock scene. There's a real honesty in the song that's shamelessly American and even rude. Recorded at Fellowship Hall Sound in Little Rock, AK, his first professionally recorded album almost underplays how good it sounds. "It Don't Suit Me" is a bittersweet ballad that gets masculine sadness. There's a gruffness behind the tears and a sense of trying to maintain some type of male composure when you feel like your heart has been obliterated. The song's melody is upbeat and rollicking, but that sadness is felt all over. Big Bad Luv makes even the best country influenced bands of the '60s feel like a carbon copy of real American music. John Moreland has no illusions about the Americana behind his music without any of the sloppy jingoism or cornball lyrics. This is real music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sallisaw Blue
John Moreland 03:57
2.
Old Wounds
John Moreland 04:11
3.
Every Kind Of Wrong
John Moreland 04:30
4.
Love Is Not An Answer
John Moreland 05:27
5.
Lies I Chose To Believe
John Moreland 03:41
6.
Amen, So Be It
John Moreland 03:07
7.
No Glory In Regret
John Moreland 04:56
8.
Ain't We Gold
John Moreland 04:01
9.
Slow Down Easy
John Moreland 04:55
10.
It Don't Suit Me (Like Before)
John Moreland 03:38
11.
Latchkey Kid
John Moreland 04:20

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