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Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots
Three Song Sampler (Alternative Tentacles)

By: Mike SOS

Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots is an eclectic country and western act whose 15-track release is anything but run of the mill. Led by a member of the radical country act Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Munly and crew expose a love affair with dark music, folk rock and Americana, and manage to combine the three, creating an enthralling listening experience. Creepy, atmospheric, and stunningly performed, there's a definitive Gothic texture to tracks like "My Second Salvation Army Choir" and the shuffling "Ragin' Cajun" that give off a Nick Cave/ Peter Murphy meets Chris Issak and Neil Diamond vibe via the rested soul of Mr. Johnny Cash. Profound and prolific, tracks like the sweet banjo pick of "A Gentle Man's Jihad" and the hypnotic string arranged "River Forktine Tippecanoe" are just a few of masterfully arranged and incredibly well textured songs here, as the verbose instrumentation (thanks to the string section and wide array of vocal pitches used) further enhance the already stoic listening experience. This disc is boundless work of genius and needs to be heard to believe.
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