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Kasey Anderson And The Honkies
Heart Of A Dog
Red River Records
www.kaseyanderson.com


Fans with a sweet-tooth for Uncle Tupelo and Ryan Bingham will find satiable refuge in Kasey Anderson and Co.'s latest release, Heart Of A Dog. Named after Mikhail Bulgakov's satiric novella about a stray dog roaming the streets of Moscow, the album is a fine assemblage of riff-heavy jabs. Don't let the title reference fool you though, it's not all highbrow stuff; mostly no-frills alt-country and blues.

The opening track, "The Wrong Light," is a bristly opener built upon raw vocals, screeching vibrato arm, and Julian MacDonough's trashcan lid backbeat. It's a breakneck start to the record. "Mercy," the follow-up track, takes a gentler tact, but relishes in the bluster of trumpets and a pervasive catchy refrain. "Your Side Of Town" slows things down to a sheltered tempo and reveals itself as a sobering surprise. "My Blues, My Love" takes a similar cue to greater effect. With its clueful guitar work and the experimental depth of the Wurlitzer and Farfisa, it is the type of placid subtlety that Anderson should share with listeners more often. "Revisionist History Blues" showcases a Kinks groove, boogie woogie piano, and the thick attitude of a feral harmonica - sort of like a rabid dog. Completing the cycle, "For Anyone" is a hymnal sermon to an empty congregation lifted by forlorn lyrics and a pleading piano. Ray Charles, Jamey Johnson, and Townes Van Zandt would all probably think it perfect company on a lonely day.

Heart... is a strong effort from this Portland-based troubadour and his flawless backing band. The flourishing guitars are a highlight, as is Anderson's knack for tempering sensibility with no-nonsense uppercuts. But as much as the heavy tracks are gratifying, it's the deeper and more introspective songs fitted with restraint that ultimately hijack the spotlight. For that reason, it seems even bookish sophistication has its rightful place.

-K.K. Coe

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