The Electrics

The Whole Shebang

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The Electrics' third and most mature effort to date was produced under the studio auspices of roots guitarist and singer Buddy Miller. Odd that it would take Miller and a few of his Nashville buddies to get this Scottish/Irish folk-rock band on the right track, but when you consider Miller's musical integrity, it's not far-fetched at all. The Electrics' Irish lead singer Sammy Horner definitely wrote his best material for this album: "Get to Heaven" resembles Shane MacGowan-era Pogues, whom Horner cites as an influence; and "Benefit of Hindsight" is a Celtic, country, and bluegrass fusion number featuring Miller on banjo. Their version of Robert Burns' "Killicrankie" might be the best example of that Scottish poet's work set to contemporary music, and Gordon Gano's "Oh My" recalls perhaps the most exciting yet underappreciated gospel-rock band, the Mercy Seat. What makes this recording click is the implementation of a variety of instruments including mandolin, fiddle, and accordion in a musical setting that welcomes Celtic, roots, country, and rock & roll. This was the Electrics' second and final release on the German label Pila Music before they would emerge on SaraBellum Records in 1997 for their U.S. debut.

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