Picks and Pans Review: No Guts...no Glory
While the title and the jacket photos seem to suggest a concept album with a theme along the line of The Magnificent Seven, this is really a basic Southern rock album, and a terrific one. The group's trademark style—three lead guitars—is still serving it well, thanks to those who man the instruments—Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland and Duane Roland. The interplay among their guitars generates a contagious excitement that gives Hatchet a sense of energy as great as any band in pop music. (For this outing, acoustic pianist John Galvin sits in, adding a valuable contrasting sound.) Lead singer Danny Joe Brown has a gruff Joe Cocker kind of appeal, but the Hatcheteers' material comes from the macho primitive school of lyric-writing: "I'm a hunter, I'm a stalker, I'm a creeper round every corner/I'm a seeker/Your love is all for me." There is a more thoughtful song Fall of the Peacemakers, reminiscent of Abraham Martin and John, and the slightly self-congratulatory Sweet Dixie, a paean to sub-Mason-Dixon rock. This is one case, though, when pats on the back are deserved.