Hadacol - All In Your Head
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All In Your Head (Slewfoot, 2001)


Reviewed by Stuart Munro

Hadacol are back with their first record since 1999, a release that resides comfortably at the rock end of the alternative country spectrum. The music - all save one track written by brothers Fred and Greg Wickham - is bounded on one side by thesonic maelstrom of the title track and on the other by the loping country rock of "Another Day" and "Be With You."

In between, the band may have you playing "sounds like" with the Crazy-Horse-Uncle Tupelo cross of "Watch It Burn," the breakneck cowpunk treatment they give to the traditional tune "Little Sadie," the Bottle Rox-esque "What I'm Doing Wrong," and even a little bit of Rockpile on "Airplane Song." That's not to suggest that the band's music is merely resolvable into its constituent influences; the boisterous sound of "Libby's Song" or the hit-bottom resignation of "Almost Broken," which gains an aura of melancholic stateliness from the use of what appears to be a bowed cello (although no one is credited with playing one), do enough to belie that notion. If there's nothing here that'll set the world on fire, it is still sturdy, infectious, twangy rock that will bear repeated listening.

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