Some may turn a skeptical ear toward news of yet another guitar-and-drum duo. There’s a strong argument that the format is completely played out. But British duo Cowbell has expanded its instrumental arsenal for its American debut release. Far from a one-dimensional collection of tunes with no proper bottom end, Haunted Heart
trades in a variety of styles. There’s dark psychobilly (the title track), spooky jump blues-meets-’60s garage (“None of Your Business”), and raw, stripped-down punk (“Downlow”). And those are just the first three tracks. Elsewhere, Jack Sandham and Wednesday Lyle serve up straight blues, sweet romantic ballads, Stonesy rock, girl-group-flavored pop, and even a late-night soulful yakety-sax weeper. Haunted Heart
suggests Cowbell could make a solid album in any one of these myriad styles, but that variety is their fundamental goal.
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