Picks and Pans Review: Open All Night
The Georgia Satellites
Once their feisty debut album went platinum last year, the Atlanta-based Satellites only had to celebrate and worry about sidestepping the sophomore jinx. With Open All Night achieved, they can just go back to the celebration. It is another demonstration of the Satellites' all-out approach: Let a swaggering, bottom-heavy sound suck up everything in its path like a twister on the plains, and leave the subtleties to Bruce Hornsby. Implicit here is a sense that the band has spent the requisite number of years honing its skills in beer-soaked bars. Despite the Satellites' commercial triumph, that feeling is still raw and untamed. There are two particular rave-ups, Jerry Lee Lewis' Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On and Ringo Starr's Don't Pass Me By. The latter, especially, comes off as more than a dusted-off remake, with Ian McLagan's piano giving things a nice kick. Cool Inside is a standout track, fusing a Lynryd Skynyrd-type sound with an almost metallic edge. One hedge: Guitarist Dan Baird won't get any Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Organization of Women when in Mon Cheri, he writes, "That's when she sat herself down on the park bench/ Her skirt rode up and I could see she was French." And in fact, this album is so highly infused with testosterone that it probably should have a "For Men Only" sticker slapped on the cover. (Elektra)
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