The Dexateens – Singlewide [Album Review]

by Woody on May 29, 2009

dexateens singlewide cover art

The Dexateens take it easy on Singlewide. Building on the success of Hardwire Healing and using a few tricks they picked up while working with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, the boys from Alabama decide to dial things down a notch on their fourth album. And while the amps may not be as high as the old days of Red Dust Rising, the songwriting has never been better.

Led by Elliot McPherson and John Smith, Singlewide produces a sound more fitting of a back porch than a smoky rock club. I actually fired this up while knocking down a cool one this past weekend. The sun was going down as I sat on the porch watching my monsters romp around and it felt so right.

Songs are structured around the acoustic guitar as McPherson and Smith trade easy going licks. The harmonies that flow throughout the album are effortless and its hard not to imagine the boys on rocking chairs drinking a big pitcher of Lynchburg Lemonade.

The second song, “Caption,” is my favorite. It’s an introspective look at one’s place in life and the lazy guitar lick that permeates throughout the tune sounds half-exhausted as it leaves the amp. A couple other faves include “Charlemagne” featuring slide guitar and “Missionary Blues” with standout lyrics. And to top things off, David Berman of Silver Jews makes a guest appearance on the final track, “Can You Whoop It.” It’s the last song Berman recorded before quitting music in January.

We’ll have a live session with The Dexateens in the coming weeks. Until then, you can Buy it at Amazon for $7.99.

The Dexateens – Down Low

The Dexateens – Can You Whoop It

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Mike June 2, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Dexateens are damn good – especially live.
They came through Chicago not long ago, I had the chance to take them in. If you want to read a review, and check out some live video, you can find it on Sound Citizen.

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