On album number four, Kentucky rockers the Glasspack strike a midpoint between the '60s-obsessed garage rock revivalists and the '70s-obsessed likes of Wolfmother and Jet. Boogie is the operative word all over the genially lecherous Dirty Women, which is filled with the kind of walking-pace riffs that bands perform with their heads down and nodding in unison: think Status Quo or even Foghat. But the Glasspack cut the plodding tendencies of '70s boogie with a double dose of Nuggets-style snot rock on tracks like "Fastback" and "Fire in the Trailer Park." So the operative album to compare Dirty Women to is the Flamin' Groovies' career high point, Teenage Head: it's not nearly as good, but it has a similar blend of cock rock swagger and British Invasion-derived hooks. That is, until the climactic "Louisiana Strawberry," a full-tilt boogie jam that slogs on endlessly for an interminable 11 and a half minutes, which is particularly ironic since even at a tight two minutes 30, it would be one of the album's weaker tunes. Aside from that dull misstep, Dirty Women rocks mightily and unpretentiously, and who could ask for anything more?
released 27 February 2007
the Glasspack is:
"Dirty" Dave Johnson: Vocals, Electric Guitars
Chad Omen: Electric Bass Guitars
Eric McManus: Drums
Brian Foor: Keys, Organs, Sermons
Produced by D.R. Johnson & Nick Stevens.
Recorded on 2-inch tape by Nick Stevens.
Additional recording by Brian Haulter at Downtown Recording Studios, Louisville, KY.
Mixed by Chris Greenwell & D.R. Johnson at Downtown Recording Studios Louisville, KY.
Mastered By Chris Gooseman at Solid Sound Studios, Ann Arbor, MI. Art, photography & design direction by D.R. Johnson.
Photography by Brett Holsclaw.
Artwork by Joey Toscano.
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