Spend a Night in the Box

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
It don't sound like the Reverend Horton Heat is finally laying off the hooch or nothin', judging by lines like "I swore off booze a long time ago/Now in one night I've got nothing to show" "Hand It to Me". But sober or not, the rowdy Texan has recorded his finest album in years. SPEND A NIGHT IN THE BOX is a high-energy '50s rock revival in the vein of 1993's THE FULL CUSTOM GOSPEL SOUNDS OF THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT. Combining rockabilly, swing, blues, and country, the Rev has made up for his past few missteps in one swift chug. The title track is pure hoppin' Chuck Berry, filled with flailing guitars and call/response vocals, whereas "Sue Jack Daniels" is faster and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
It don't sound like the Reverend Horton Heat is finally laying off the hooch or nothin', judging by lines like "I swore off booze a long time ago/Now in one night I've got nothing to show" "Hand It to Me". But sober or not, the rowdy Texan has recorded his finest album in years. SPEND A NIGHT IN THE BOX is a high-energy '50s rock revival in the vein of 1993's THE FULL CUSTOM GOSPEL SOUNDS OF THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT. Combining rockabilly, swing, blues, and country, the Rev has made up for his past few missteps in one swift chug. The title track is pure hoppin' Chuck Berry, filled with flailing guitars and call/response vocals, whereas "Sue Jack Daniels" is faster and rowdier, but equally authentic. SPEND A NIGHT IN THE BOX also brims with the Rev's drawling vocals and self-deprecating humor -- "Now that we're divorced would it be a sin/If we made the bedroom the bedroom again," he sings on "The Bedroom Again" -- but it's the swingin' melodies and fiery guitar licks that make A NIGHT IN THE BOX more hoppin' than happy hour.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Dispensing with the alternative-rock leanings of some of his earlier albums like Liquor in the Front, Reverend Horton Heat returns with his sixth album Spend a Night in the Box, which features a clean, traditional rockabilly sound, courtesy of producer and former Butthole Surfer Paul Leary. The stripped-down sound of songs like "Big D Boogie Woogie" and "The Girl in Blue" is all the better to show off the amazing chops of the Reverend and the other two-thirds of the trio, bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla. The group's old punkabilly venom resurfaces on "Sue Jack Daniels," and while most of the songs recount the Reverend's usual litany of babes and booze, "It Hurts Your Daddy Bad" and "The Bedroom Again" show surprising lyrical depth. Though there's some filler, for the most part Spend a Night in the Box is another album of entertaining, revved-up rockabilly from a group that has made it look effortless for years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Time Bomb
  • UPC: 709304353422
  • Catalog Number: 43534
  • Sales rank: 69,154

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Reverend Horton Heat Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Scott Churilla Vocals
Jimbo Wallace Bass, Vocals
Tim Alexander Organ, Piano, Accordion
Technical Credits
Paul Leary Producer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A solid return to rockabilly

    After a disappointing Space Heater album, I was thoroughly impressed with the Rev's follow-up studio album, Spend a Night in the Box. Each song is a romping good time, with only a few misses here. The Rev returns to rockabilly success with a straight-forward attack and does a good job with a simplistic approach. This is certainly one on his better albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An instant classic from the Reverend.

    The Reverend is back with another great album. This album showcases more of his eclectic style and is just brimming with his patent sexually charged songs. The album also has plenty of solos to tickle the ear and rocks the whole time. There isn't a dull song in the bunch. If you were disappointed by any of the Reverend's past releases you won't have anything to complain about on this album. It's a straight up crowd pleaser. If you like rockabilly, swing, surf, or old-school rock-and-roll you'll love this album. By the way, if you haven't seen the Reverend live you're missing out on a lot. His charasmatic personality sucks you in from the second you see him and the band's sound is larger than life. If you're not dancin' at some point you're dead.

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