Barbacoa, a slow cooked meat that has its origins in Mexico and has found its way in to many of my burritos over the years. It’s use in the title of Hacienda’s second album is fitting because the album is a collection of meaty hooks that rumble along for 37 minutes, rocking you to your core.
Hacienda have described their excellent debut, Loud Is The Night, as more of a pop album. The harmonies that sucked you in on the first one are ever-present on Big Red and Barbacoa, but it seems that the year on the road backing Dan Auerbach has taught the boys a trick or two. Big Red rocks harder and more consistently than its predecessor.
“Prisoner” has a thick walk-about hook that, combined with the backing harmonies, gives it a timeless feel. At about the 1:45 mark, they break it down real nice and then that hook reemerges again. It’s so understated and so good. The song fits perfectly in the middle of the album, followed by a sweet Booker T inspired instrumental right after. Other standouts on this phenomenal album include the opener, “Who’s Heart Are You Breaking,” “Apples” and “Mama’s Cookin.” They also work in a cover of The Everly Brothers’ “You’re My Girl.”
But as good as this album is, to truly appreciate Hacienda is to see them live. Much like their boy from Akron (yes, Dan Auerbach), their tunes go to another level in a live setting. So dig into a big helping of Big Red and Barbacoa and go out see these boys when they pass through your town. Feel free introduce yourself. They are just about the nicest group of musicians we’ve met since starting HearYa.