Reviews

Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray

Elvis lives ... in spirit anyway, as reflected by this retro collaboration between Jon Spencer, leader of his self-dubbed Blues Explosion, and Matt Verta-Ray from rockabilly revivalists Speedball Baby. Vintage-sounding rockers such as "Dark Hair'd Rider," "Lover Street," and "The Loveless" take a cue from Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and other Sun Records alumni, while the sole ballad, "Fix These Blues," recalls Exile-era Stones. Spencer's seductive croon dominates the proceedings style-wise, but Verta-Ray's influence seems to have held sway. Heavy? Not really, although the sardonic leer and amped-up attitude confirms this Trash wasn't simply tossed off.

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