Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull

Earth The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull:

Earth continue their transition from sounding like a broken refrigerator fed through a distortion pedal to a slow tempo post-gospel instrumental rock group. This is a really beautiful album to listen to while taking a walk, or lying at home with your head between the speakers. All the tracks range from great to solid, but the three featuring Bill Frisell prove the most effective. Carlson is a great guitarist, but his playing style works best when juxtaposed with another melodic element. At any rate, this is one of the better instrumental rock albums I’ve heard in quite some time.

Rating: 14/15 Awesome Biblical allusions

The Greatful Dead – Workingman’s Dead

The Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead:

What do you get, when you trim all the pointless noodling out of a Dead set? Surprisingly, a collection of solid country rock songs. Theres a few stinkers, the opening track, Uncle Johns Band, and the lamentable Casey Jones come to mind, but New Interstate Boogie, Dire Wolf and Black Peter make up for the weaker tracks. Its too bad more of the Dead’s studio albums don’t sound like this one.

Rating: 12/15 Unidentifiable poncho stains