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Bobaflex - "Tales From Dirt Town" (CD)

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"Tales From Dirt Town" track listing:

1. Sellout
2. Born Again
3. That Old Speed
4. Satisfied
5. Need a Drink
6. Savior
7. Be With You
8. I Still Believe
9. Goodbye
10. One Bad Day
11. Paranoid
12. Home

Reviewed by on May 9, 2008

"Beneath all this genre-jumping there’s a seriously good, solid, groove-oriented band."

Tales From Dirt Town is the third release from West Virginia rockers Bobaflex. Although eclectic and hard to categorize, the album as a whole is an immensely enjoyable excursion through a bleak dirt town landscape.

Although you’d be hard pressed to label some parts of this album as “metal,” it certainly has “metalish” moments – songs with heavy bass lines and funky double kick like the furious and sarcastic opener "Sellout," "Need a Drink" and "Be With You." Alternating with the more energetic tracks are slower numbers like "Satisfied," "Savior" and "I Still Believe" with a more traditional radio rock feel, quiet sections, and big sing-along anthem choruses.

Beneath all this genre-jumping there’s a seriously good, solid, groove-oriented band. Brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy (from the infamous McCoy family, whose feud with the Hatfields in 1880 nearly started a civil war) trade lead vocals and guitar throughout, with solid back up in both the guitar and vocal department from Mike Steele and bassist Jerod Mankin. In fact, the only band member who doesn’t get in on the singing is drummer Tommy Johnson.

"Goodbye" is one of the highlights of the album, with a catchy chorus, wacky lyrics and some highly peculiar guitar noises. "Home," the closing track and first single, is like a painful letter back to the folks and shows the vulnerable side of the band. "That Old Speed" mixes elements of the album’s quieter moments with the more furious ones but is far too fun-sounding for the cautionary tale it’s meant to be.

Highs: Almost no one will be immune to the toe-tapping effect of this album.

Lows: It takes a few listens for the “feel” of this album to come through – at first it seems more than a bit chaotic and slightly disjointed.

Bottom line: Bobaflex rates high on the interestingness scale and is recommended if you like your music to blur the genre lines.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)