Cosmic cowboy Drazy Hoops melds punk, roots rock, blues, and alternative pop on Bring On the Hate, a wandering collection of songs brimming with spirited performances, understated melodies, and romantic yearning. Rendering his musings with a relaxed baritone that floats above the music, Hoops views the world through kaleidoscope eyes, preaching psychedelic bliss in "The Moon Lies" and warning anyone who'll listen of the perils of reckless sexual abandon in "Feel the Snake." Not hesitant to display syrupy sentiment in the title track or a dour bottom-of-a-shot-glass take on the futility of life in "A World Away," Hoops revels in his role as a philosopher and a crooner. With a rhythm section that punctuates Hoops' daydream beliefs via crisp solos and lush textures, Bring On the Hate is a genre-transgressing disc that catches the listener off guard.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Semioli