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    Munly, Jay “Jimmy Carter Syndrome” [Smooch]

    Well-constructed dilapidation. Gravel in the
    gullet vox of Jay Munly (from Slim Cessna’s
    Auto Club). Ballads with ballast, a weight
    that is lifted by a shoestring quartet (that
    being Tarantella cloaked in shadow and soot).
    Munly’s voice rises with an angsty twinge of
    twang almost gets to a Gene Loves Jezebel
    screech at odd moments. Songs of heresy and
    fallen heroes, of people like Gerry Cooney
    and Weegee, that Powers of Celebrity try to
    pretend never supped at the popular table.
    Like a barn in Faulkner story… every song
    is ready to catch fire. Slow fuses throughout,
    rocking chair rhythms. Has the acrid flavor
    of moonshine with plenty of kick that catches
    up to you long after you have imbibed the
    lyrics. Perfect for that Belladonna/Joe Ed
    team show! Gothic chamber country rides on….
    -Johnny Palerider

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 2, 2002 at 3:02 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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