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Lincoln Durham - Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous (Droog Records)
This gritty blues-based second album from Texan 'roots-rock revivalist' Lincoln Durham, whose edgy primal vocal and blistering splintered guitars, often sounding more like heavy plant tools than musical instruments, drives home ten songs like a pneumatic drill. There's an instant sense that this musician means business and with titles such as Sinner, Stupid Man and Beautifully Sewn, Violently Torn, there's an uncompromising assault on the senses from the start. It's not all fire and angst, with the inclusion of the relatively tender Keep on Allie, which offers a momentary respite from the frenzied blood and guts.
Produced by George Reiff, EXODUS OF THE DEEMED UNRIGHTEOUS maintains a home-made feel, which sees Lincoln Durham taking care of all the instruments, including various guitars, some cobbled together, together with fiddle, banjo, harmonica and even plucked piano strings (on Mama), with Rick Richards on drums and the occasional pat on the leg. A bit of a shock to the system, as is the awful cover.