Coming from the Gothic southern rock tradition that produced The Gun Club and the Drive By Truckers, the Georgia based band Bloodkin combines narrative songwriting with traditional guitar based rock and roll. Bloodkin presents this album as a journey from despair and addiction to redemption and survival, with songs flowing like chapters in a novel. The cautionary tale "The Viper" opens the album with a dark tale of drug addiction and depression over soaring guitar accompaniment. "Ghost Runner" reflects growing up with images of baseball games and the innocence of youth as does "Rhododendron," which is like flipping the pages of someone's family album as a child grows up in song. The band jacks things up a little bit with solid rockers "Heavy With Child and "Little Margarita," songs that mix in some Rolling Stones type swagger and honky-tonk good times. The finale "Summer in Georgia" ends the album on a hopeful note, using nature's renewal as a metaphor for hope in the time of despair. It took me a little time to get into this album, but once I did, I realized that is was a very deep and almost profound meditation on loss and recovery, pain and redemption. Heavy stuff to be sure, but well worth listening to.
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