The Droo Church

In a Pasture Built for Lovers

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The Droo Church's In a Pasture Built for Lovers features a track called "You Gotta be Kidding," and that's appropriate, because sometimes you have to wonder if they are. Mashing together cowpunk with '70s hard rock and more esoteric influences like Pavement, the Pacific Northwest quartet sometimes sounds like an energetic bar band, but can also seem like a bunch of guys working with a jumble of ideas that they can't quite fit together. Of course, that approach was a hallmark of Pavement's early work. But when the Droo Church revs into "Baseball" and "Possum Manor," their gas-pedal heroics can't really accelerate the choppy songs past inspired mediocrity. On the other hand, a lot of Soul Asylum's And the Horse They Rode in On was inspired, yet mediocre, so maybe the Droo Church has something working with their ragged, half-assed sound. The fabulously named "Mantle of Credit Cards" does have some cool shifting dynamics, as well as great lyrics like "If you change your name/You can always put the blame on me." Closer "Great God Almighty" might be the best representation of the Droo Church's sound. Even as it's moving fluidly between fiery bridges and quieter verses, there are trace elements of humor in the lyrics and arrangement. If the cut were blasting out of a beat-up juke in a crowded corner pub, you just might mistake it for a drunken John Hiatt. The heavy metal overture ending is awesome, too.

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