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The Snake The Cross The Crown - Cotton Teeth Review

by Eric Bodrero

Brothers Franklin and William Sammons continue the catchy, jangly guitar and pop-friendly piano jaunts in Cotton Teeth, an album oozing with Radar Brothers-like folk jams and heart-felt lyrics that lazily slip off Sammons' tongue with a touch of twang. With an almost Gospel feel in some places, the album is a solid mix of good instrument choice and firm production, which presents itself as distinctive, rewarding the listener after many repeated meanderings upon which layer after layer start presenting themselves.

Cotton Teeth is a mostly down tempo, chilled-out record, and one on which to play on a hot, summer Sunday evening hanging out with friends on your back porch, watching the wind blow. The Sammons brothers have distinctive voices; ones which work well with this kind of music, and their voices blend surprisingly well. The guitar playing is top notch, taking center stage most of the time while drummer Mark Fate adds just enough percussion to balance out the moody instrumentation. The dreamy, emotional swelling of soft, subtle keyboard on "Maps" stays just long enough to invoke vivid daydreams then slowly fades away, only to start the wild and raw "Back to the Helicopter", which is in total contrast to anything on the album.

Cotton Teeth experiments more than in 2004's full length Mander Salis, but in no way takes away from their sound, and if anything keeps us guessing as to what they'll release next. Recommended.

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