Return to the Last Chance Saloon

Return to the Last Chance Saloon

by The Bluetones
     
 

Stylistically, Return to the Last Chance Saloon isn't a drastic change from the Bluetones' debut Expecting to Fly. The major problem with the debut, however, was that there was little musical variety, and the album seemed to drag at times. Luckily, on their sophomore effort, the Bluetones have added some much-needed tempoSee more details below

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Stylistically, Return to the Last Chance Saloon isn't a drastic change from the Bluetones' debut Expecting to Fly. The major problem with the debut, however, was that there was little musical variety, and the album seemed to drag at times. Luckily, on their sophomore effort, the Bluetones have added some much-needed tempo changes to the mix, making this album a more consistently engaging listen than their debut. They still have massive, Stone Roses-style riffs, but they also have tossed in a few acoustic numbers and an instrumental. Many of the songs here have an obsession with the American Wild West, especially "Ames" and the opening medley of "Tone Blooze" and "Unpainted Arizona." Still, the band's sound is deeply rooted in British pop -- and that is what dominates the majority of this disc. The real highlight is the soaring "Hey Jude" soundalike, "If": with a galloping bassline and ultimately memorable chorus, this is possibly the band's best song. There's more, though -- "4 Day Weekend" is more aggressive than anything on the debut, and the trashy blues tune "Sleazy Bed Track" are two more excellent cuts on this accomplished effort. While it was never released in the U.S., this is an essential purchase for fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/1999
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
0731454088527
catalogNumber:
540885

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bluetones   Primary Artist
Hugh Jones   Piano,Drums,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Hammond Synth
Scott Morriss   Bass,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Fuzz Bass
Adam Devlin   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,fender rhodes
Eds Chesters   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Washboard,Human Whistle,Hand Clapping,Timpani,fender rhodes,Tubular Bells

Technical Credits

Mark Morris   Composer
Hugh Jones   Producer
Adam Devlin   Composer
Eds Chesters   Composer

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