Pearlene kicks off its debut record with a nasty, loud cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Burying Ground," replete with howling vocals, staticy guitars, and trash-can drums. It gives you a pretty good idea where the album is headed: the same punk-blues territory covered by bands from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to the White Stripes. There is not a whole lot of originality on display, but there is a lot of energy and dirt and competence. Tracks like "In the Beginning" and "Number 8 Highway" sound like the band know their Hound Dog Taylor records pretty well with their frenzied tempos and filthy guitars."Free to Be on Your Knees" is a solid rocker with some excellent backup vocals "Whiskey and Gasoline" is a grinding slow blues with mumbled vocals and nasty slide work. The only problem is that just about every song is blindingly derivative -- of old timers like Hound Dog Taylor of punk-blues originators like the Gun Club, Jon Spencer, the Chrome Cranks, and the Scientists and of new timers like the Soledad Brothers and the White Stripes. If you can't get enough of the punk-blues sound, you may enjoy Pearlene, but to many Pearlene is the punk-blues band that makes it one too many. To paraphrase Jon Spencer: They feel so unnecessary.~ Tim Sendra, Rovi
  • Pearlene - Pearlene [CD]
GenrePopular Music
FormatAudio CD
Publication Date20030318



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