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Down Out Law
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney is the leader of Atlanta's Drivin-N-Cryin, a quintessential southern rock band with a thin veneer of R.E.M.-like jingle jangle. On his new solo album, "Down Out Law," Kinney tries to follow in... more »
Singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney is the leader of Atlanta's Drivin-N-Cryin, a quintessential southern rock band with a thin veneer of R.E.M.-like jingle jangle. On his new solo album, "Down Out Law," Kinney tries to follow in the footsteps of his hero Neil Young by going directly from a noisy electric band album (Drivin-N-Cryin's Smoke) to a solo acoustic album. The solo acoustic format is ruthless, however, in the way it reveals flaws in singing and songwriting, and the exposure is often less than flattering for Kinney. Most of the songs feature only Kinney's voice and either his acoustic guitar or mandolin. Unfortunately, his picking skills are rather rudimentary and his narrow-ranged vocals have a nasal, mumbly quality that make them hard to listen to. Like a thousand other Bob Dylan wannabes, Kinney sings about the poor, desperate and confused. He does have the good sense to inject some irreverent humor into the proceedings, turning Jesus' Last Supper into a "Shindig with the Lord" and climbing to the "Mountain Top," only to find "just rocks and leaves and little else" there. Too many numbers, though, mistake the vague outlines of a Dylan song for the thing itself. "Midwestern Blues" simply describes the problem of homelessness without offering any insights you couldn't get from a 30-second spot on the local TV news. The politics of his Vietnam song, "Tell Him Something for Me," are hopelessly muddled, and the jazz bass-driven "A Haight Street Beatnik Kerouacian Ripoff in E" is a strange sort of '50s nostalgia that is too aptly named for its own good. The most convincing songs on the album are the two boogie tunes with overdubbed electric guitar, indicating that Kinney can't wait to get back to the safety of his band. --Geoffrey Himes
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L. B. Wisner | Knoxville, TN | 06/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record largely relies on material that Kinney's band, drivin n cryin, scratched from their 1993 hard rock offering "Smoke"--whether through the label's decision or their own it's hard to say. Mostly, this record plays as desperate reaction to "Smoke"'s riff-mongering and rock wailing.
For the most part accompanied only by his guitar, Kinney spins his usual collection of story-songs in a meditative, plaintive mood. The title song tells us of a homeless former rock star living the Townes Van Zant lifestyle (another concealed personal song), while "Shindig with the Lord" reprises the humor of Kinney's earlier album "Macdougal Blues." "Bird," "Chattahoochie Coochie Man," and "So Take a Look at Me Now" broaden the album's musical palette, evoking meditation music, John Lee Hooker-style blues, and weird mandolin folk respectively. "Tell Him Something for Me" is typical in its impressionistic story-telling. When we reach the album's end, Kinney parodies Kerouac, fulfilling his promise on "MacDougal Blues": "I think next time I'll go to San Francisco and be a beat poet." In all, Kinney ranges pretty broadly throughout, delivering a strong, varied, contemplative folk record."
corbin | 06/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"kevn kinney is a true genius ,this album is one of the best of all time. Any fan of dnc or the great state of georgia couldn't help but love it. Every track is felt deep in your heart,and stays with you forever. Do yourself a favor and buy this!"