After nearly 15 years as the most frantic act in the rockabilly cosmos, Jim Heath and his partners in the Reverend Horton Heat seem to be slowing down just a bit, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Revival, Heat's eighth album, finds Heath cutting back the tempos and aiming for a slightly more subtle approach, though his guitar work is blazingly fluid as ever. The less manic attack was doubtless informed by the material, which finds Heath dealing with some serious themes for a change. The death of Heath's mother inspired "Someone in Heaven," a sincere country weeper that's deeply emotional without sounding cloying, while "Indigo Friends" pays homage to several friends who've succumbed to drug addiction. Elsewhere, "Revival" tells of one man's search for redemption of some kind, and the bluesy "Lonesome Man" and the full-throttle "Goin' Back Home" both deal with the ups and downs of life on the road with flinty but easygoing honesty. But while Revival is thought-provoking stuff by the Reverend Horton Heat's standards, there's still a solid dose of good rockin' fun here, with "Callin' in Twisted" and "Party Mad" devoted to the business of having a good time, "Octopus Mode" and "New York City Girls" celebrating memorable women, and "I'm Your Pet Rock" offering up a new and innovative romantic metaphor. If you're looking for some red-hot rockabilly, the Rev is still your man, but Revival shows off some unexpected sides of his personality, and the changeup makes for some refreshing listening.
|Label:||Yep Roc Records|
Performance CreditsReverend Horton Heat Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Scott Churilla Drums
Jimbo Wallace Bass,Bass Guitar
Tim Alexander Piano
Jim Heath Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsReverend Horton Heat Producer,Audio Production
Ed Stasium Producer,Audio Production
Paul Williams Engineer
Mary Gunn Graphic Design,Art Direction
Nick Wagner Cover Illustration
Dave Allen Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Tom Blackmar Illustrations
Bobby Dunavin Guitar Techician
Jim Heath Composer
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Working with his tour soundman, Heat's captured the fire of his live set on this studio album. His trademark rhythm/lead combo playing fuels a surprisingly full sound from his trio, barely ever slowing down to catch their breath. Heat's songs (he wrote all fifteen selections) range from western-influenced guitar raves to swing-styled rockabilly and punk-influenced psychobilly. The few ballads, "Someone in Heaven," "Lonesome Man" and the torchy "We Belong Forever" provide a brief respite from the manic energy, but it's driving rock 'n' roll that is Heat's forte and it's fully evident on this fine LP. The bonus DVD provides a look at the trio's performance on three additional tracks, "Galaxy 500," "Like a Rocket" and "Party in Your Head," as well as a 17-minute interview/documentary on Heat's early days in the business.