Eugene Chadbourne / Evan Johns

Terror Has Some Strange Kinfolks

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Terror Has Some Strange Kinfolk, the second collaboration between Eugene Chadbourne and Evan Johns, is an avant-roots satire of white trash culture that leads off with a sort-of Billy Ray Cyrus cover called "Achey Rakey Heart" (played in part on an electric rake, of course) and goes on to tackle subjects like underage drinking, trains and George Bush. Despite self-explanatory song titles like "Redneck Jazz" and "Killbillies," however, the record's tone is more affectionate than spiteful; Chadbourne's nasal twang and Johns' whiskey-and-cigarettes growl complement one another nicely, and both gentlemen seem to be having a ball.

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