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Reverend Glasseye and his Wooden Legs
Our Lady Of The Twisted Spine
Music For Cats Records
www.reverendglasseye.com


The familiar haunt of Reverend Glasseye seems a bit changed since Happy End And Begin. The prior was pure Dark Carnival and Circus Sideshow, while Our Lady Of The Twisted Spine shows an undeniable tilt toward the sights and sounds offered by Slim Cessna's Auto Club. However, the music seems more influenced by the Frank Hauser, Jr. days of the Auto Club, with its dark and stormy mood, and the warble and scream of the very Man himself. At times, it seems as though the Reverend has stolen his very essence, obtained in some dark voo-doo ceremony. For all I know, he might be the man now, his transmogrification complete, obscured only by his ocular gem and unverifiable affectation as a Man of God.

This album is broader in scope than Happy End And Begin and offers elements more strictly aligned as traditional Country and Western than the Rural Sideshow fare that has been this band's part and parcel in the past. (But fans should fear not; the show's just as weird as ever.) Their scope is as epic and cinematic as they've always been, (and with four songs exceeding six minutes they're reaching epic lengths too) with a melodramatic presentation that suggests a story is being played out in their tunes and lyrics.

As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Glasseye has adopted some of the styles of ex-Slim Cessna member Frank Hauser, Jr. whose warble and screams were one of the more identifiable hallmarks of that band's early music, and I'm glad to see that style kept alive as I think it suits this band well. More important is the considerable refinement and maturation that has taken place between albums. Their music has achieved greater variety and depth without losing any of its grandiosity, and that's pretty damn important.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Promenade
2. God Help You Dumb Boy
3. 17 Lashes
4. The Cold House Hymns
5. Belle's Palsy
6. Mother is a Carpegian
7. Sleep Sweet Countrymen
8. King of Men
9. Oh Lord, Why have you been so Cruel to me?


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