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The Goodnight Loving
The Goodnight Loving Supper Club
Dirtnap Records


The Goodnight Loving hail from the good and honest authentic upper American Midwest, where rock and roll has fed the soul since the days of barnstorming state fair tours and traveling label showcases. More specifically, The Goodnight Loving hails from Milwaukee, home of a relatively diverse music history, which seems to have infused itself into the aural core of this band in many forms. And as one may suspect, they are indeed purveyors of good-and-honest authentic music of many stripes on their latest release, The Goodnight Loving Supper Club.

As a whole, the album puts its good foot a bit deeper into the alt-country/Americana realm to a somewhat greater extent than anything else; however, the songs as a whole reference a variety of stylistic touchstones in forms as diverse as garage rock, country shuffle, and even the odd hint of old timey bluegrass, but all shined up with the well-produced patina of modern studio engineering. And yet, even with the diverse influences, sequential listening reveals a fairly cohesive sound and consistent tonality.

The vocals are somewhat light and airy, within the natural twang, which seems to fit the emotional vibe of the record, but a special treat is guest vocalist Katie Harder's performance in "Summer Dream". Another particular standout track is the old school garage rock jangler, "Doesn't Shake Me", which bears a strong resemblance to that great 1990's revival combo, Fortune & Maltese. Other parts of the album bring to mind the sounds of The Sadies, or sometimes, The Soft Pack, both in the general tenor and style of the music, and in the earnest way in which their recorded work comes across.

Fans of either should really enjoy this band. And much like the aforementioned, The Goodnight Loving goes about its business without needless distraction, getting through its fifteen solid tracks, with few songs even exceeding three minutes in length. Given the relative compact nature of the proceedings the album stands up to repeated listens in a short time span. Frankly, these songs are exceedingly difficult to tire of. Particular highlights include 60's inflected indie rockers "The Pan" and "Into A Grape".

The album just sounds flat out great. The multiple guitar tracks never step on top of each other, and the ornamentations of pedal steel, organ, and the like each seem exquisitely placed. At first listen, this collection is inviting, entertaining, and as tasty as the veritable supper club with its doors swung wide open. Diners at The Goodnight Loving Supper Club will leave with their ears well sated, and hungry for more.

-Dave Meyer (mondogarage)

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