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CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE

REVOLVER SOUL

If you haven't already done so, it's long-gone time to wave buh-bye to the notion of Alabama 3 as either a one-joke band - funny names, funny hats, country songs to techno beats - or just 'those geezers who did the Sopranos theme'.  On Revolver Soul, they're playing a deeper, darker, harder game than ever before.  Traces of country are few and far between in what is, for all practical purposes, a hard rock album, though a highly idiosyncratic one.

Doom afficianados will find the sonic landscape comfortable, though filled with unfamiliar objects drawn from reggae, rockabilly, funk, drum 'n' bass and, yes, techno, not to mention cameo appearances from Shane McGowan, Razorlight's Johnny Borrell and Brixton MC Tenor Fly.  It's centrepiece is Vietnamistan, which hauls the old Country Joe & The Fish anti-war anthem Feel-Like_I'm_Fixin'_To_Die Rag into our own uncertain present, but Keep Your Powder Dry, All God's Children, and Come You Believers cut similar mustard, as well as demonstrating what formidable vocalists the band's principals - Larry love and The Very Reverend D Wayne Love - have become.  Revolver Soul is dread - in both the 'reggae' and the literal sense of the word.
8/10
Charles Shaar Murray