The Reverend Horton Heat

Spend a Night in the Box

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Dispensing with the alternative-rock leanings of some of his earlier albums like Liquor in the Front, Reverend Horton Heat returns with his sixth album Spend a Night in the Box, which features a clean, traditional rockabilly sound, courtesy of producer (and former Butthole Surfer) Paul Leary. The stripped-down sound of songs like "Big D Boogie Woogie" and "The Girl in Blue" is all the better to show off the amazing chops of the Reverend and the other two-thirds of the trio, bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla. The group's old punkabilly venom resurfaces on "Sue Jack Daniels," and while most of the songs recount the Reverend's usual litany of babes and booze, "It Hurts Your Daddy Bad" and "The Bedroom Again" show surprising lyrical depth. Though there's some filler, for the most part Spend a Night in the Box is another album of entertaining, revved-up rockabilly from a group that has made it look effortless for years.

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