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Not only did the album's title give me a much needed chuckle during these serious times, each song on this album is tight, mysterious, and show the marks of a young-but-seasoned song craftsman. Also, turns out Mr. Snuffer plays every track on this album. From percussion to some impressive harmonica, lead and rhythm guitar, and more. He even raps on it. Not kidding. And it works.The overall sound of this album is noticeably dark country, with some gritty-as-hell blues coloring the edges, and plenty of good-ol' fashion rock n' roll moving it forward. This is an album that is impressive on its own, but also showcases an artist with plenty of potential to grow in some interesting musical directions. Though this is a solo album, Colton also performs in "Colt Snuffer & The Dead Horseman."
Thumbs up: The album is incredibly tight, but has enough rough edges and a raw spirit to save it from sounding TOO perfect. The songwriting itself is solid, harkening to outlaws like Johnny Cash and Southern Gothic writers like Flannery O' Connor. The percussion, though simple, is one of the album's most subtle yet rewarding elements, giving the songs an intensity that too often lacks in folk and country music.
DM's Two Cents: The rap on "No One Pays" surprised me. A lot. It took a few listens to get used to. It fits surprisingly well in the song itselt but felt a little out-of-step with the album as a whole. However, I admire that he did this and I've found that creative surprises in music that might shake us up at first usually are good for listeners, artists, and respective music genres. I'd be curious to hear more songs in the future that incorporated this. Though use it wisely.
Standout Tracks: The eerie, dark-as-midnight "Whiskey in a Wine Glass" is an absolute home run. The foot-stompin' blues track "Half-Wit" is a great example of Colton's knack for penning percussive tunes.