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King of Heartache
The Souvenirs
King of Heartache
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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It's a safe bet that the souvenirs this Seattle four-piece are fondest of are the vintage albums of 1960s country legends like Marty Robbins, Ray Price, and Roy Orbison. The Souvenirs' arrangements display the same thrilli...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: The Souvenirs
Title: King of Heartache
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Will Records
Original Release Date: 9/7/1999
Release Date: 9/7/1999
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 780163366525

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It's a safe bet that the souvenirs this Seattle four-piece are fondest of are the vintage albums of 1960s country legends like Marty Robbins, Ray Price, and Roy Orbison. The Souvenirs' arrangements display the same thrilling mix of honky-tonk and Nashville Sound, and, as the dozen originals on their debut attest, they have studied successfully at the feet of Harlan Howard. Just when you think you've merely dug up a beautiful time capsule, these guys turn your head with a modern touch--the crashing power chords of "So Tired of Missing You," the full-bore rock-out that concludes "Heartbroken Man"--that reminds you this is music of a living and breathing tradition. Reminds you, in other words, of a scruffier version of the Mavericks. And if these guys had a singer as good as Price, Robbins, Orbison, or the Mavs' Raul Malo, they might transform souvenirs into genuine keepsakes. Even as is, though, the Souvenirs are definitely worth lugging home. --David Cantwell
 

CD Reviews

Just Good Music
10/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not being a big fan of country music, I wasn't expecting much. But after hearing the record and seeing the band live, WOW! This is just good, honest music that will get your feet movin' and your face smilin'. Great production - you can hear every instrument. If you want something more than girl/boy bands, psuedo-country, or the latest diva, give these boys a listen. Great little record."
ONE SOUVENIR I TOOK HOME
Ed Van Dood (sped96@msn.com) | NY,NY | 10/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Souvenirs are a welcome change from top 40 "alternative music".Their music defies easy categorization,country yet with an urban edge.The music challenges the listener, and that is all too rare today."
Honkey-Tonk worthy of my truck drivin' grandfather's ghost.
Ed Van Dood (sped96@msn.com) | 10/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe I have a bit of Texas in my blood, but I haven't been moved by music since Nirvanna's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." While the two musical genres couldn't be more musically different, if you're in the mood for something alternative to "alternative music," "King of Heartache"'s dead-on lyrics, shuffle-step rhythm and perfect slide guitar will make you want to buy a pair of indigo Wranglers and drink Bud in long neck bottles.Even if you hate country music, this Honkey-Tonk band just may get you take a second look at your existing music collection and reconsider."