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FUSE MAGAZINE REVIEW WIMMIN FROM W.O.M.B.L.E. VOL 2

FUSE DECEMBER 5TH 2014 

ALABAMA 3  WIMMIN FROM WOMBLE VOL 2   5 STARS

BY RACHEL BELL

The band open with a quick intro: “We’re the Alabama 3.  We make Sweet Pretty Country Acid House music all night long.  We’re not from Alabama and there are not three of us.  We’re the fellas that did that Sopranos theme tune.  That tune bought someone a swimming pool, but it sure wasn’t any of us…”

Sounds promising right?  For those of you aware of the Alabama 3, you’ll know that this is a band that do things differently.

Their 2002 debut album Exile on Coldharbour Lane was a ground-breaking furore into boldly fusing techno with country and western that bizarrely succeeded.  Turning records out at a remarkable rate, WIMMIN FROM WOMBLE VOL. 2 is their 12th studio album, and sees the Alabama 3 as eclectically brilliant as ever.

While it might be hard for some to take a band that is as tongue in cheek as this seriously,  WIMMIN FROM WOMBLE VOL. 2 only serves as further proof why the Alabama 3 are that rare sort of band who can use humour in a way that escapes parody, and does nothing to damage their credibility.

Maybe it’s because the jokes are clever, the lyrics so astute -

“He had too many parties,
He had too many pills
Daddy’s yacht in the harbour
Mummy paid all the bills
He had no idea what hit him until
The Devil went down to Ibiza”.

As with all their previous albums WIMMIN FROM WOMBLE VOL. 2  might at first come across like a brazen assault on the ears - opening track ‘Bam Ba Lam (Here Somes Daddy)’ is a woozy, thrashing take on Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’.

A few tracks in, however everything settles, and a groove establishes that carries the rest of the album into sublime house-cum-punk-cum-trip-hop euphoria.

On an album that not only deserves, but demands your time, stand out tracks include the effortlessly cool “Soon Come’, and ‘Ballad of a Gravedigger’s Daughter’.