"Third Record" (Small Stone; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Renowned NYC power trio The Brought Low have returned after a five-year studio hiatus to unleash a bare bones rock'n'roll record with the fittingly no frills title of "Third Record."

Infusing jolting surges of Southern rock hospitality into gritty blues-rock paradigms peppered with twang of country is what this band specializes in and truly delivers in spades here (“Slow Your Roll,” “Old Century”), yet songs like the acoustic stomp “A Thousand Miles Away” and the somber shuffle “Last Man Alive” strip the usually thick and meaty band’s sound down considerably but still manages to come off as cranked to 11.

Fusing a Black Crowes-esque smoothness, a stoner rock swagger and a majestic 70s hard rock rumble, this nine-track record is lean, mean, and bad to the bone and rocks with refreshing efficiency and a rolled-up sleeves sense of organic intensity that screams retro in all the right ways. -Mike SOS

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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