A FISTFUL OF STATINS
Cherry Red CDBRED626 ……………
New Borderlands classics for the Young at heart
Yes, by now we a 11 know that Los Pacaminos is Paul Young and his Tex-Mex band. He’s been doing it for well overtwo decades and doing it well. But, of course, those who actually listen (and watch the band’s freewheeling shows) know that it is not Paul Young’s band, it is a band with Paul Young in it. He’s one of a seven-piece outfit who play soulful country to die for. One of four singers who share lead vocals (and who often create soulful harmonies not unlike Young’s classic early solo hits).
It’s not since the early days that the band have released a studio album (and it is more than ten years since their live CD) and here they come galloping back with a record that, despite its playful title, is a sublime collection of self-penned songs, sometimes beautiful, sometimes rocking, sometimes both. They do not shy from crowd-pleasing joWity-Battered And Broozed, Texas Adios – but the players have an innate understanding (and love) of borderlands music and pure country too.
Young himself plays bajo sexto, along with various other instruments, and there’s an irrepressible mix of accordion, pedal steel and Jamie Moseslead guitar. Young is involved with the writing of half the 14tracks, often with guitarist/vocalist Drew Barfield, who sings the wonderful,
1950s-soulful Jump Back Baby. Young takes lead vocals on several numbers, such as the sprightly love song, The Girl From Tennessee and the reflective A LetterTo You. Other vocals are handled by Moses and accordionist Matt Irving, creating a veritable Band-like array of changing voices and harmonies. And, apart from a cover of the 1960s Jay And The Americans hit Come A Little Bit Closer, it is all original. Forget who’s in the band and listen to the music. Nick Dalton