Galactic Cowboys - Galactic Cowboys

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Galactic Cowboys - Galactic Cowboys

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Geffen 24324

Reviewed by James Attlee

At last the album that followers of weird music have been waiting for. Put away all pre-conceived ideas about thrash metal and check this out. This is a complex album. Similarities with Kings X and restricted to their producer Sam Taylor, and the fact that the two bands come from Houston. There's something for everyone on 'Galactic Cowboys'. Music full of precise rhythm charges and meaty riffs. The lead guitar work by Dane Sonnier is subtle not screechy. Power chords dominate with much of the background filled by Monty Calvin's four, eight or twelve string bass. But this doesn't drown out the acoustic guitar played by Ben Huggins. Other instruments featured are harmonica, cellos and clarinet. The vocals are what give the band their focus. All four of the guys can sing not only in tune but in harmony, some of the arrangements would give the Bee Gees a hard time. Their lyrics are about space, slaughter houses, space, an oil spill and Standout tracks are "Someone For Everyone" and "Reach On Mars Reprise" which is God's guidance. For a surreal conclusion the album ends with the reading of a school dinner menu. Buy this. If you don't like it after three plays you've still got the hip hop reviews to read.

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