As faithful readers will recall, their show in March 2013 was terrific (and the post includes a video of their ridiculously fabulous appearance on David Letterman, which you should check out if nothing else), and thus I needed to check the studio release out.
This album starts out like a preacher revival house of fire with "Hand Me Down Blues": I'd call it a "live recording that happened to take place in a studio." It's the closest to rock that they get into on the album (and I do prefer their more up tempo offerings), but they really are great at any speed. It's really good stuff and worth a listen for blues and rock fans; they wear it all on their sleeve, and wear it well.
The lead singer is a classic crooner, the lead guitarist a virtuoso, and the rhythm section is tight and talented. Their finesse and deft touch is what's most impressive here -- they make spaces in the music work for them. Chapeau.
Vintage Trouble - "Hand Me Down Blues"
My only slight criticism: while enjoyable, there are way too "same-y" songs at the same tempo which blur together musically. They could have chopped three songs off the album and been more impactful, rather than Rainer Maria-rehash their way through parts of the album.
But. But. BUT.
I still enjoy listening to the album, despite that. Go see them -- they have an outstanding live presence and precision, and the sheer tornado force of their lead singer is worth the price of admission alone.
CD Placement Rating: Car CD Changer.