The Most Aptly Named Band in the US of A
James Carragher | New York | 09/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fast, hard, nothing held back and loud -- that's why they're called the Scorchers. This is take no prisoners country rock, steeped in love, God, and a belief in rock's redemptive power. Jason has always written striking original lyrics, but a particular constant strength of this band is its ability to take somebody else's tune and give it a new, and almost inconceivable, identity. They did it with Absolutely Sweet Marie on Fervor, with 19th Nervous Breakdown, with (perhaps most memorably) Take Me Home Country Roads on A Blazing Grace (inexplicably not available on Amazon.com), and on this CD with Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man. Other highlights here are To Feel No Love and Everything Has a Cost. The Scorchers play raggedly at times and Jason's nasal vocals can become tiresome on ballads, but this band has more 'tude than a roomful of rappers and for that alone Jason and his buddies should be a required part of any serious CD collection. Any one of their CDs is a keeper."