The Lonely H - Hair
- Artist: The Lonely H
- Album: Hair
- Label: The Control Group
- Year of Release: 2007
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- Reviewed by: hstisgod on 2007-07-02
What happens when retro goes serious? On the success of artists like Wolfmother, or my personal favorite, Amplified Heat, Port Angeles, Washington's The Lonely H are here with their sophomore effort Hair to prove good old fashioned rock'n'roll is not dead. Sounding like the bastard sons of some distorted Led Zeppelin groupie orgy, these have humility coming out the ying yang for a bunch of barely high schoolers with two albums to their credit already.
If one thing, Hair is the most unique record you'll hear all year. In between vocal hymns that seek Queen's approval, and bridges that Pink Floyd would nod at, sits another type of confidence. Not just some tribute to rock of the 70's The Lonely H have a subtle attachment to the 21st century. Songs like The Meal tick and tock with an aggressive tempo, and respectable blues breaks. Something about this song just reminds me of The Rocky Horror Picture show.
The title track Hair is a great balance of rhythm and energy, and brings yet another comparison to mind, Queens Of The Stone Age. Though setting themselves aside is the climax of the track. From a clear and intentful solo, to the agitated ranging pipes of lead man Mark Fredson, this track is absolutely worthy of the title track.
These guys are seventies, they tribute to a woman named Barbara. Only this has rough energy, melting with a more distorted sound, their loyalty to simplistic and entertaining Garage band sound really sticks out nicely here. The best track to sneak into your parents collection is Say Your Prayers, which sounds like a combination of My Sharona, and half of Zeppelin's catalogue.
It's been a while since I enjoyed this breed of Garage, so I'll try to contain my excitement. But The Lonely H have themselves a future as long as they continue carving a sound of their own.
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