Consumer Guide Album
Dollar Store: Money Music [Bloodshot, 2007]
For the hundreds of us--nay, thousands of us--who worry that the Waco Brothers have lost steam, the sturdy writing on this second release from Dean Schlabowske's non-Langford band suggests a reason. Put three or four of these songs--I'd nominate the anthemic "Money Music," the defeated "Work = Reward," the sarcastic "Reserve the Right," and the nationalism metaphor "Company Town"--on the last Wacos' album and it would fly to heaven and do its great speckled business on our heads. As rendered by Schlabowske's muscular cohort, the songs' workmanship stays on the ground--all the better to look us in the eye.