ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT - Another Saturday Night (Slow Gold Zebra Records)
Curious, even in a time when the reconstituted New York Dolls are a viable recording and touring concern, that another band from the same neck of the woods wants so badly to be the New York Dolls. "Another Saturday Night" is muddy like a Todd Rungren mix and mastered way too low but there are other parallels in the playing, if not the songs.
Let's face it, no-one will ever truly replicate the sound of the Dolls, but Robbie Kongress does a fine job of emulating David Jo's rasping vocal on "Smile Slowly". Nat Murray's guitar reaches for that sprawling turf that J. Thunders staked as his own and his playing is a highlight throughout. If Al Huckabee (formerly of cowpunks Ugly Stick) doesn't exceed Jerry Nolan's patented nail-the-kit-to-the-floor brand of swing, he does a pretty good job.
Things get off to a promising start with the handclaps and choruses of "Stay" but the meandering would-be soul of "Night Flies" drags the first side of this LP back to the field. "Down On The Wall" makes some amends. Horns come into play on a couple of tracks but they're mixed in the background - like they're playing in the house next door. That's just odd if you're relying on them to colour the melody lines.
Just when you think the band's in drift mode on side two (Memphis soul-like "The Late Show") a raucous barn-burner like "Cat On Fire" jumps off the turntable. A case of Too Little Too Late? - The Barman
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