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Spanspek Album Review: Slow Season - Mountains

What's the haps folks!?  I'm kicking it here with my dog by my side.  She's napping and I'm getting pretty close to going to sleep as well.  It's 10:16pm as I write this for goodness sakes, what's happening to me?!

Luckily I just so happen to have the perfect pick me up in the form of the new album from Visalia classic rock revivalists SLOW SEASON!
Slow Season
Mountains (Riding Easy Records)

In what seems like a relatively short amount of time, Tulare County locals Slow Season have earned a rep as one of the most dynamic live acts in the Valley.  And with good reason; every show is guaranteed to blow ears out with a mix of bloodthirsty vocals, dirty guitars, and monster drum fills.  Their thrilling 2012 self-titled debut is a perfect representation of their bombastic live presence.

On their sophomore effort, the band delivers more of the same great vibe.  Lead single "Sixty-Eight" brings the pain with prowling riffs and Robert Plant-esque invocations.  The off-kilter "Wasted Years" is gritty swamp rock with an organ solo thrown in for added sweatiness.

But what really grabs the ear this time around are the attempts at sonic diversity.  On Mountains, Slow Season flavors their tunes with various honky tonk pianos, harmonica, and mandolin, at times sounding closer to "Sympathy for the Devil" era Rolling Stones (see "Ain't Gonna Listen") than Zeppelin.  The overall pace of the album feels slower too, as if the band is eager to watch their fiery missives burn countrysides at a leisurely pace.  The effect inspires some major head bobbing, which is never a bad thing.

In short, Mountains is another great effort from the Visalia quartet, one that will surely bring them well deserved accolades in the days ahead.
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