Under the Table and Above the Sun

Under the Table and Above the Sun

5.0 3
by Reckless Kelly
     
 

Call it whatever you want -- country-rock, alt-country, roots rock, whatever -- what Reckless Kelly makes is great, hooky pop music. It's got all the jangly guitars, two-step rhythms, and artificial diphthongs ("I saw the same old streets for far too lahwong") necessary to reassure country-music fans who might nervously suspect thatSee more details below

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Call it whatever you want -- country-rock, alt-country, roots rock, whatever -- what Reckless Kelly makes is great, hooky pop music. It's got all the jangly guitars, two-step rhythms, and artificial diphthongs ("I saw the same old streets for far too lahwong") necessary to reassure country-music fans who might nervously suspect that they're enjoying rock & roll, but it makes no real concessions to the genre; when they want to rock out, they do ("Let's Just Fall," "I Saw It Coming"), and when they want to deliver a full-on Texas barroom weeper, complete with a vaguely Mexican acoustic guitar break and strategic smatterings of lap steel, well, they do that too. The brother team of Willy and Cody Braun manage to touch all of the standard, by-the-numbers lyrical themes without seeming to be saying the same things as everyone else. They're asking for mercy and to be set free, and they're broke down, and they're trying to make it to the borderline, and they're frustrated by the inaccessibility of the woman who wasn't around when the sun went down. But when they sing "Nobody's Girl" or "Set Me Free," those tired sentiments actually sound vital and fresh. It's also worth noting that the album includes two songs about skiing and one about the Beatles. Interestingly, there's no one song that really jumps out at you. Instead, the whole thing pulls you along happily, with a feeling very much like that of riding through rugged, beautiful countryside in a nice car. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891396828
catalogNumber:
3968
Rank:
71442

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Performance Credits

Reckless Kelly   Primary Artist
Steve Fishell   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Richey   Vocal Harmony
Cody Braun   Banjo,Bouzouki,Fiddle,Harmonica,Mandolin,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Electronic Mandolin
Willy Braun   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Vocals,Shaker,Hi String,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
David Abeyta   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Gut String Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,wah wah guitar,Soloist,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jimmy McFeeley   Bass,Moog Synthesizer,Double Bass
Muzzie Braun   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Producer
Robert Earl Keen   Liner Notes
Steve Wilkison   Authoring
Cody Braun   Filmmaker
Willy Braun   Filmmaker
David Abeyta   Video Editor,Filmmaker
Hank Williams   Mastering

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