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The Cadillac Hitmen - Two In The Hatdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThese are all longer songs, with serious drama and power, and artful arranging and writing. Often dark and dangerous, this CD demands your attention, both from the performances and the sound. And the last unlisted track... well... you can't miss it!
Picks: Two In The Hat, Now It's Dark, Standoff, Heat Wave, Figure In Black, In Cold Blood, The Stalker, Bullwhip, Cold Sweat, El Gringo Muerte, Peyote, Black Sabbath

Track by Track Review

Two In The Hat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Low down bass and guitar give rise to heavy rhythm and thunder. "Two In The Hat" is a long way from surf, but it sure is powerful. The horns add a sense of Spanish adventure, while the rest of the track presents darkness and danger.

Now It's Dark dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Now It's Dark" is a slow soft song that paints a wisp of a breeze on a summer's eve. haunting and a little sad, with the kind of smoothness attained by Dire Straits. The midsection speeds up and becomes more of a rock instro. The end brings back the lumbering pace and sensual nature of the song. Strong and powerful.

Standoff dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a sense of intentional invention and a middle eastern melody riff, "Standoff" is a tuff song with surf credentials and plenty of chunk. Dramatic, artistic, and very cool, with curl in sight and Bedouin caravans just on shore. It's dark at times, and mystical at others. Quite a good song.

Heat Wave dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Heat Wave" rises slowly from a very slow and beautiful fog where the water is just barely moving. Shimmering and liquid, the song features great chords and ringing guitar lines, and a very smooth and soothing bass line. The delicate drums finish off the effect, which is emotional and compelling.

Figure In Black dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Great drums open to a sorta metallic instro that's compelling and powerful without being overbearing. The arrangement brings two different guitar lines into a powerful counterbalance. Nicely done.

In Cold Blood dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stereo vibrato throb pulses to a mysterious image. Slow and ghostly, "In Cold Blood" displays danger and edge, especially with the chop-chords. The shimmer of the vibrato is very attractive. Magnificent.

The Stalker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This updated live take of "The Stalker" simply shimmers with power and guts. I think it's much stronger than the original track. Tension drives it from start to finish. Perhaps less surf and more rock, but quite powerful and well played. Quite strong.

Bullwhip dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fast and very chunky live recording of "Bullwhip," a song they first issued back in '97. This spirited, whammified, surfy, romping Southwest epic is tom tom driven, rhythmically motivated, and sports lots of energy, and then there are those great glissandoes. Great!

Cold Sweat dotdotdotdotdot
Western Danger (Instrumental)

Link Wray-ish twang and drama, dangerous edge, great throbbing atmosphere, and very moody tone. "Cold Sweat" is a marvelous track with crunch and pomp, danger and lurid attraction. It still suggests the Scorpions' "Sails of Charron" in some ways, but is much more of a dark spaghetti epic. Wonderful!

El Gringo Muerte dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti (Instrumental)

A cry of "Hey Gringo!" launches "El Gringo Muerte." The rolling cadence and solid spaghetti western feel are wonderful. Adventurous and amped with great drums.

Peyote dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Cowboy (Instrumental)

"Peyote" is a very long intro, timing out at 11:12 on the Richter watch. Big and moody, sensual, and moving. About a third of the way through, it transitions wonderfully into a rhythm dominated psychedelic powerfest. This is a stunning piece of music!

Black Sabbath dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Cowboy (Instrumental)

This is amazing. Never did I expect to hear such a marvelous reinvention of Black Sabbath, and then as an instro no less! Yikes! The first four minutes make your blood curdle! The last 2-1/2 are jamming fast and dark. Amazing. This is not listed on the disc.