Never Make It Home
|1. Movin' To Virginia|
|2. Record Shop|
|3. Never Make It Home|
|5. Love Please Come Home|
|6. Used To Call Me Baby|
|8. Kiss Of Death|
|9. Drink Lotsa Whiskey|
|12. It's No Good|
|13. Dime Store Cowboy|
|14. Day The Train Jumped The Tracks|
A string band with a mean streak and a standup bass fashioned from a gas tank, Wichita's picking punks earned their reputation by beating tradition into submission. But with Never Make It Home, their third effort, Split Lip discovers that playing it (comparatively) straight can yield satisfying results. This most welcome surprise is spurred by the emergence of Wayne Gottstine, the quartet's flashy but always solid mandolinist, as a stellar singer and songwriter to rival bandleader Kirk Rundstrom. Fans of the Gourds' Jimmy Smith will find a lot to like in Gottstine's handful of tunes, from the jaunty "Movin' to Virginia" to the mopey "Used to Call Me Baby". Elsewhere, Split Lip proves they can still play like they're blowing a tollbooth, especially on another Gottstine original, "River", and the disc's pair of covers, "Love Please Come Home" and "Day the Train Jumped the Tracks". --Anders Smith-Lindall
Top Customer Reviews
The only unifyning theme on this album is the undisputed picking power of the artists. It's all string music--no keys, no drums, just strings. But there's no risk of it all sounding the same. From upbeat rockers like Kiss of Death to honky-tonk beauties like Drink Lotsa Whiskey, country chestnuts like Love Please Come Home to iconoclasty like Dime Story Cowboy, this album never gives you a chance to take the band for granted.
Split Lip Rayfield is famous for their live shows, and of course an album can never match up to that. Still, this is shimmy music for Hell's own square-dance. If you want a string band album that will make you jump out of your chair and scream for more, this is it.
NEVER MAKE IT HOME is not necessarily a slower affair, but a definite maturity abounds. The entire album is marvelous - standouts include "Movin' to Virginia," "Used to Call Me Baby," and "Drink Lotsa Whiskey" (and check out the lightning-fast solos on "Kiss of Death"). Instead of the trademark (and increasingly tired) fast-and-loose style, SLR move to a fast-and-tight style on this record and approach the mood and expert musicianship exhibited by labelmates Devil in a Woodpile. Combine this with SLR's sly lyricism and you've got an emerging act that not only holds their own against Bloodshot's Meat Purveyors and the aforementioned Devils, but also approaches Waco Brothers territory. I can't wait to hear what's next.
Most recent customer reviews
The way Kirk Rundstrom and Wayne Gottstine trade greats songs on "Never Make It Home" reminds me of the way Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir used to alternate classic tunes on Dead... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
These guy's just keep gettin' better.The harmonies are right on.Every track a Gem!I can't wait to see them live.Come on out to St.Louis,boy's!!Published on July 15 2002 by Richard Raiskin