Whiskey Dick

Love Tap

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When you call yourself Whiskey Dick and the first two songs on your debut album are about oral sex, you haven't set an especially high standard for yourself in terms of tact or taste, and Mr. Dick doesn't exactly scale the heights in either category on his debut album, Love Tap. But the album is better than one might expect given its low points; Dick enjoys trading in sexist clich├ęs with an irony that displays all the subtlety of a ball-peen hammer, but when he's willing to set aside tales of spousal abuse, sex with cattle, and dysfunctional Catholic school teachers, he reveals he has a pretty good voice and can tackle more contemplative material with surprising skill, as on "Shotgun Wedding in Lexington" and a pair of John Hiatt covers, "Lovers Will" and "Lipstick Sunset." Dick's vocals suggest a folkie with a bad attitude or a blues fan who can do snarky better than soulful, but he's skillful enough to make the most of the material, and the acoustic guitar work is snappy and demonstrates this guy's musical intelligence is higher than his lyrical obsessions would let on. Love Tap isn't exactly special, but there's enough here that's good to suggest this guy could be doing better work if he put his mind to it.

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