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2009
| BS 157
$6.95

Lean Forward

Limited edition LP SOLD OUT A LONG TIME AGO
 

 

Stacked with a sharp lyricism and gritty fatalism that looks off the front porch for inspiration and has the locked down groove of a band on top of its game.

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Lean Forward continues the Rockets’ creative resurgence ignited by 2006’s Zoysia. Reunited with producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (who ran the knobs on the Bottle Rockets’ seminal albums The Brooklyn Side and 24 Hours A Day).

Lean Forward is stacked with a sharp lyricism and gritty fatalism that looks off the front porch for inspiration, and has the locked down groove of a band on top of its game. “The Long Way” looks on the bright side of the path not intentionally taken and works into a joyous song-ending jam. Songs like “Done It All Before” and “Get on the Bus” shine with an irresistible buoyancy, as does “Shame on Me” which gets to the meat of the relationship matter that, despite our best intentions, we’re all gonna screw up. “Hard Times” whips up a ZZ Top-inflected boogie with effortless mastery and a dual guitar attack that’ll put some much-needed flare back in your jeans.

 

Short Description
  • Atop the stinging double-stop guitar licks of the Bottle Rockets’ no-frills latest, optimism and good intentions knock heads with the reality of human imperfection.

    — Paste
  • Brian Henneman's songs stand out like a Camaro at a Toyota dealership.

    — Exclaim
  • One of rock's most productive and consistent bands. Lean Forwardkeeps the Rockets' streak alive and well.

    — No Depression
  • Here, Brian delivers the goods on "Kid Next Door," an Everyman's rumination on recent Mideast conflicts that would not have sounded out of place on Springsteen'sDevils And Dust.

    — My Old Kentucky Blog
  • Their sharp-edged sound sweeps from Lynyrd Skynyrd to The Band, with stops in between for Creedence, the Rolling Stones, the Replacements and several other titans. That's about as big a compliment as can be given in 2009, and this band has earned every inch of it. Luckily, Lean Forward is the best album they've ever made.

    — Sonic Boomers
  • The Bottle Rockets are really a successor to the Replacements. Lean Forward is fine, earthy, timeless American rock 'n' roll.

    — East Bay Express

Track List

  • 1. The Long Way
  • 2. Shame On Me
  • 3. Nothin' But A Driver
  • 4. Hard Times
  • 5. Done It All Before
  • 6. Open Your Eyes
  • 7. Kid Next Door
  • 8. Way It Used To Be
  • 9. Get On The Bus
  • 10. Slip Away
  • 11. Solitaire
  • 12. Give Me Room

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