"Mercyland" (MCA)

Reviewed by Snidermann

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Snidermann sez: 
MCA recording artists "Cowboy Mouth" are about feeling, composition and the expression of mood through music. Their soft southern rock blend of music is reminiscent of Counting Crows, Matchbox 20 and The Cranberries. 

This album reminds me why I sometimes like to listen to soft rock and why bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Little Feat and The Allman Brothers are still popular. Strong story lines mixed with music that's alive and heartfelt makes Cowboy Mouth a pleasure to listen and explore.

Sometimes, however, I felt that this music is missing something .... raw emotion. It is full of hard luck stories and lost loves, but still lacks a certain brashness. Regardless, I would recommend Cowboy Mouth to fans of the bands I mentioned above, but fans of harder rock should stay away. 

Cowboy Mouth is Fred LeBlanc - drums/vocals, Paul Sanchez - rhythm guitar/vocals, John Thomas Griffith - guitar/keyboards/ vocals, Rob Savoy - bass/vocals.

Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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