The Weight Are Men CD - Tee Pee

The Weightís second outing, The Weight Are Men, demonstrates a fondness for Neil Young (particularly in his loose and raucous Crazy Horse mode) and bluesy Seventies Southern rock and boogie, in nearly equal parts. But more than once, this record comes dangerously close to exercising an American Rolling Stones sensibility. Some people, they tell me, like the Stones, but the output of those British dinosaurs after, say, 1972, Iíve found an item best enjoyed in limited quantity. Still, donít be overly shy of this name-dropping, for The Weight (named for The Bandís Music from Big Pink song, perhaps?) rarely sink to the level of slavish homage to their influences. The songwriting on The Weight Are Men can be fine, occasionally even rising to special, as with the laidback honky tonk of opener "Like Me Better," the country-rock nugget "Talkiní" and the romance and road ode, "Hillbilly Highway." Bandleader Joseph Plunkett applies a gravelly edge to his vocal work that really complements these arrangements, and it makes The Weight Are Men a fairly fine sophomore effort. All that said, the album is marred just a bit toward the end of the disc by slipping into generic bar band blandness. Whether the group ran afoul of inspiration or motivation I canít say, but a more ruthless assessment of what gets released would be beneficial.

By Michael Meade



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