Fronted by lead singer Loey Nelson and led by guitarist and producer Michael Hoffman, the Milwaukee-based Carnival Strippers churn out an intoxicating blend of country and blues-based rock on Reveal. Similar in tone and style to bands like Lone Justice and Giant Sand, the band evokes a Southwestern feel on much of this release. Nelson, who wrote most of the album with Hoffman and bassist Keith Brammer and drummer Kirk McFarlin lending a hand a times, has a dusky voice that takes a position out front. Harmonicas, dulcimer, and acoustic guitars only add to the roots appeal of Reveal. The album kicks off in fine style with "Shifting Sands" and its delightful singalong chorus. "Mind Letting Go" is equally as catchy as it jauntily kicks along. "Objects in the Mirror" is a bare bones rave-up, while "Follow" has dreamy harmonies and an insistent, hypnotic melody that compliments Nelson's lead vocals. Reveal is a satisfying musical journey right through the closing "Well Weathered Man," which begins as an acapella number before building into a moody jam punctuated by a mournful guitar solo and wailing harmonica.
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