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Highway Ghosts, Beyond all Help
self-released, Jan. 1

03/15/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



From the south shore of Massachusetts we get Highway Ghosts, Tex-Mex Los Lobos wannabes using as little Mex as possible in an effort to evoke tumbleweeds, gunslingers, choo-choo trains and the modern rock-bar scene, if there even is one. Main singer/guitarist Dave DeLuca is all-pro at what he does, namely a David Hidalgo impersonation that could win a round of drinks for the house. Sequentially, the album is all downers until “Please Don’t Run Away” at the fifth song, wherein DeLuca adds a Bowie edge to his tenor, which duct-tapes a little quirk to the typical Johnny Cash-ness of the tune. Prior to that, as I said, it’s busted-down trailer-park soundscaping, save for opener “Alone,” a song Calexico wouldn’t necessarily throw out of bed. Second-banana-singer/bassplayer Dan Cody evinces a Tom Petty obsession in the “Face in the Crowd”-like “Reinvent the Wheel.” A- —Eric W. Saeger






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