"Reckless Soul" (Casuals Audio Group; 2017)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Reckless Soul" by The Knast is a minor miracle of a CD. It's a nostalgic throwback to the British wave of rock'n'roll of the late 60s - complete with "yeah, yeah yeahs" -- and it may have you thinking of old Blake Edwards movies; you know the ones, like "The Party" with that hip-at-the-time stoner rock playing in the background while Peter Sellers did his unmatchable shtick.

Why is that a miracle? It's a miracle because "Reckless Soul" still manages to sound fresh today. With all the fuzzy guitar and the stoner pacing, this CD is irresistible. You'll find yourself chanting along with the yeah-yeah-yeah choruses and being lost in the psychedelic guitar sounds. Virtually every song has a unavoidable hook but you'll be surprised at how well-hidden it is. It's there, it's gonna get ya, but it's not like the chorus from an anthem. It just sets in your brain and doesn't go away.

My favorite tracks are probably the title track with its tumbling melody, "Situation Vacant" and its sly wink of style and "Man on the Corner," perhaps the most modern sounding track on the CD (even with its yeah-yeah-yeahs).

If you're a fan of the heavier stuff we cover here on, The Knast may not be to your liking. That being said, I think you'd be surprised how entertaining it is and how much it hold your attention from beginning to end. It surprised me!

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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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