The following was originally published in our Review section.
Review by Ann Heiser
The vocals, guitars and drums are immediately
familiar but who is this new band? Low and behold, Exene Cervenka
the queen of soulful punk is back with yet another solo project-This time
entitled “Original Sinners”. This CD has it all! The guitars
are reminiscent of such a good and pure old sound that hasn’t been heard
in the mainstream in over a decade.
From the first drum beat on Birds &
Bees, something familiar will tear at your heart. The alternative-country
sounds that popularized X is very apparent throughout. Especially
on Whiskey for Supper where Exene and guitarist/vocalist Jason Edge croon
like they’ve been doin’ it all along. The female vocals on this particular
tune create a surprisingly interesting combo.
The “ballad” on this CD comes early, but
the hypnotic, whining guitar riffs will take you somewhere that you literally
feel you can smell the candles burning and hear the vinyl crackle as the
rain pours down. You’ll find a lot of old sounds mixed in with the
energetic, new beats. Enough can’t be said about the fun guitar licks
and surf-punk style drumming throughout the CD. The country-fried
funky instrumentation carries you through every heel-kicking song, especially
Who’s Laughin’ Now.
You’ll get your fill of bluesy twang and
still find plenty of pop appeal that might see a song or two to the airwaves.
Buy it, You’ll like it.
Sinners - Original Sinners
Release Date: 6/25/02
Tracks: Birds & Bees
Who’s Laughin’ Now
Bringin’ Me Down
Aluminum Flavored Honey
One Too Many Lies
Whiskey For Supper
Woke Up This Mornin’