I’ve been reluctant to give 5 stars on an album review, even to some of my favorite bands and not because the album isn’t awesome it’s because there’s always room for more awesomeness. Today I find myself with no other option than to award 5 stars to Reverend Horton Heat for their latest album, Rev!
Believe me, I tried to pick it apart but all I could do was get sucked in. I also like to take time and actually listen to the album for a while before giving it the rating that it truly deserves.
It’s been just about 30 years that the Reverend Jim Heath has been delivering the self proclaimed “Country-Fed Punkabilly” gospel through his band Reverend Horton Heat. Rev is the band’s eleventh studio album and I found myself trying to separate my existing knowledge of the band and approach this as if it were the first time I ever heard them. It was tough but I think I managed to form an unbiased and uninfluenced review of the album; Rev truly stands on its own.
Track one: “Victory Lap” is an instrumental introduction that leads directly into what I think is my favorite song on the album “Smell of Gasoline”, of course that is subject to change on a daily basis. These two songs together like Siamese twins are not unlike the combination of “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”, you can’t have one without the other.
The first song released from Rev was accompanied with the sexiest video in music history “Let Me Teach You How to Eat”. This song is full of innuendo and metaphoric relations between food and wherever your imagination wanders. I can not stress enough that you should watch this video over and over again, preferably alone in a room with the curtains drawn. “Scenery Going By” also has a video which has various clips of the band on the road and is also worth a watch.
It all about where the music takes you and when you listen to this album you may find yourself driving a 1950’s hotrod, windows down and beautiful women everywhere. Give this album a listen and if you love it like I do, please support the Reverend and buy it, so they can make more!!!
5 /5 Stars – Check it out below.