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Slick Fifty Seven
The Ghost Of Bonnie Parker
Laughing Outlaw

If you enjoyed Early Tracks from Old 97's, you'll most certainly be pleasured by Slick Fifty Seven's latest. Maybe they've blatantly borrowed; maybe they've never heard 'em — who cares? It's sped-up, stomping, galloping, tear-in-your-beer country, with a dash of punk attitude that most always employs the distinctive C&W croons of the pedal steel and twangy strums of the guitar. There's not a whole lot of room to stray from the whiskey-drenched, campfire-lit, giddyup formula. How unique you are is not the pertinent question here. How good are you, and how much do you mean it, might be better questions. More often than not, one comes across crappy country made by tough-boy wannabes who have no skill, and worse, no passion — their bland ditties do nothing but make you want to turn off the stereo.

Less frequently, as with this Australian trio's The Ghost of Bonnie Parker, you'll discover adept, heartfelt songwriting that gets your toes tapping and your ears listening. Utilizing punk's swift one-two beats with country's whiny laments and heartbroken angst, the record is simple, without lyrical or arty depth. You can hear the band's youthful exuberance — it's perfect for a lighthearted listen. Most (maybe all) tracks touch on relationship issues — lost loves, broken hearts, etc. Some songs ("Still Waitin'," "So Slow") assume a pace and attitude that evokes a feel more punk than country, reminding the listener that the boundaries between the grandpappy and grandkid often feel nonexistent.

There are also a couple of sad, ballad-like numbers, "Heading to My Ex-Girlfriend's Wedding" and "Stormy Night." Just as the Old 97's once found solace in country's open arms (come cry with me), Slick Fifty Seven embrace punk's angst and C&W's free shoulder to come out with a cow-punk record that proves they're pretty all right and — by golly — I think they mean it.

by Jenny Tatone

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