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Posted October 1, 2010
The Gourds mix of country, rock, and soul seamlessly stretches from Texas twang to New Orleans funk and Zydeco dance rhythms. Where the Gourds differ from similar cross-genre bands (e.g., The Band) is in the impenetrability of their wordy lyrics. Though an occasional phrase ("Oklahoma is a dirty red mean / A Native American slot machine") paints a poetic image, the impressionism and non-sequiturs that typically substitute for narrative and characterization leave little for the semi-literate listener (such as myself) to grab onto. ¶ Ten years of writing and playing has honed the band's music into a unique sound that reveals its influences without ever standing firmly on any particular one. The sounds and rhythms of the lyrics create sing-a-long hooks, even if you have no real idea why you're singing them. This is an easy band to like musically; lyrically they still seem to be an acquired taste. ¶ 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.