Centro-matic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds [album review]

by Woody on June 19, 2014

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Centro-matic are like a fine wine that gets better with age. There’s a line in their bio that sums them up real nicely; “After 17 years, the band is still driven to mine new territories and make a beautiful racket together.” And while I might not be amongst the die-hard legions that have been with them from the beginning; owning every album. But the announcement of a new Centro-matic release gets me excited like few other bands.

Take Pride In Your Long Odds is the band’s 11th studio album. And like another HearYa favorite, The Mother Hips, they continue to be one of America’s most underrated bands. Take Pride In Your Long Odds does nothing to take off the luster of a great catalog. The album opens with a nearly 5 minute intro in the vein of At Dawn (minus any lyrics). I’ve always found Will Johnson’ voice to be one of the most genuine voices in rock today; devoid of any pretense. The wait for his voice to kick in as lo-fi feedback mixes in with acoustic strumming seems interminable on the fist listen before kicking into Every Mission; a killer track about a woman down on her luck. From there you get some amazing tracks like Cynthia Glass, Academy of Lunkers and Relative Unto The Aces.

Simply put, if you consider yourself a fan of Centro-matic; you’re going to love this album. If you don’t like them, I feel bad for you. If you are new to Centro-matic, get busy. You just discovered a treasure trove of unbelievable music. To help get you started, here is a free mix of 24 songs from years past.

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