Cracker – Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey

May 25, 2009

crackersunriseSunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, the latest album from Cracker, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman’s “country band within a rock band,” finds the band expressing its rock side more so than its country side, after spending a good portion of the past few years doing the latter. There’s only one country track, in fact, the amusing “Friends,” which appears midway through the album. The vast majority of the record is full on rock and roll, starting with the opener “Yalla Yalla (Let’s Go),” one of the many songs that reference contemporary events, in this case the Iraq War, right on to the closing title track. There’s even a punkish track called “Hand Me My Inhaler,” which clocks in, appropriately, at a minute and a half. My favorite track, for the moment, anyway, is the first single, the sweetly sardonic midtempo country rocker, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me,” though their collaboration with John Doe, “We All Shine A Light,” the title track and “Time Machine” all ring my bell as well. Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey is a entertaining, sometimes exhilarating, full on dose of the keen-eyed, witty and inventive rock music that first earned them fans when they first appeared on the scene in the 90’s, and one of their most enjoyable and richly satisfying albums yet. Standout cuts: “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me,” “We All Shine A Light,” “Time Machine” and “Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey.”

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