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The Neckbones

  • Souls on Fire [Fat Possum/Epitaph, 1997] A-
  • The Lights Are Getting Dim [Fat Possum/Epitaph, 1999] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Souls on Fire [Fat Possum/Epitaph, 1997]
Essence-of-garage is hard to hit on the nose because so-near-and-yet-so-far is simple--with three months practice, anyone can almost do it. Hell, with a little talent you can be New Bomb Turks, the Humpers, even Rocket From the Crypt, all now adduced to explain an Oxford, Mississippi quartet who deserve better. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, I say, and though I miss Ron House's postdoctoral work, they actually put out more noise, riff, and especially groove, I mean beat. The Lyres? Mere myths. The Lynnfield Pioneers? Arty-farties. A-

The Lights Are Getting Dim [Fat Possum/Epitaph, 1999]
The dissolute tradition, with nuggets as roots ("Cardiac Suture," "Reckless Night"). **