Luxurious Panthers

Big Game

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The requirements were in place by 2002 for the Luxurious Panthers to deliver a "big game," following the guidelines set by sports pundits. The all-important subject of a solid roster had been addressed, the Houston rockabilly band having finally settled on the same drummer since 1998, a fellow known as Red Man. Furthermore, a rhythm guitarist had been grafted into the sound two years prior, in theory preventing any and all maneuvers that might be interpreted as wobbling. Some of the finest material in this set of a dozen songs is the most traditional, bringing to mind a situation that sometimes occurred with Creedence Clearwater Revival despite the high quality of the original songwriting. "Wreck of the Old '97" and the perpetually relevant "Boll Weevil Song" light up the closing quarter of the game like a peasant's torch; "Still Rockin," the title track, and the marvelously concise "Top Hand at Love" ignite a similar blaze as the CD starts off.

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