"The Jack Lords" (Riding Mower; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The NYC nine-piece collective known as The Jack Lords primarily play pop-rock with a decisively island twist, implementing lap steels, ukuleles and mandolins into their dreamy 60s rock mix. 

Songs like "Ray D." and "Molokai" carries the intensity of indie rock while gone on vacation, while the gentle twang emanating from "Weight of Things" has a very Beatles-in-Hawaiian-shirt vibe. 

Armed with a full chorus of men and women whose soothing tones and a vast array of instrumentation at their dispose, The Jack Lords unique presentation of sunshine rock from the flower power generation renders an uplifting musical experience suitable for a lazy day or a smooth evening.

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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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