Gil Trythall

Nashville Gold (Switched On Moog)

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Released hot on the heels of Trythall's previous synth-meets-South concept record Country Moog, Nashville Gold doesn't deviate much from the established pattern, although the latter-day C&W covers ("Wichita Lineman," "Ode to Billie Joe," and "Honey") more closely balance out the standards ("Tennessee Waltz," "Mockingbird Hill" and, for good measure, "The Martha White Theme Song") this time around. Housed in one of the most bizarre sleeves ever -- specifically, a studio containing bricks, a crown (representing "King of the Road"), what looks like rancid produce (for "Poke Salad Annie"), a robot guitarist made primarily out of old electrical cords, and lord knows what else -- it ups the kitsch factor on its predecessor, but remains interesting in both concept and practice.